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GOREFIELD WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Cliff Brown
2000
Personnel photographs copyright © Peter Thatcher 2018

The memorial is located inside St Paul's Church, High Road, Gorefield. The World War 1 memorial was designed by architects Messrs G Maile & Son Ltd and takes the form of a tablet for the World War 1 listing the dead, with a crest at the top, centre, and below the tablet is a further tablet listing the World War 2 dead. There are 27 names listed for World War 1 and 12 for World War 2. The memorial originally cost £45. Rededicated 11 June 1950.

Meldreth War Memorial
From an old postcard

ISLE OF ELY
IN EVERLASTING MEMORY OF THE
MEN OF GOREFIELD
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919

ADAMS
Arthur John
Private 17331, B Company, 5 Platoon, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Aged 26. Lived Harold's Bridge. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. See also Parson Drove

Photograph copyright © Nigel Lowe 2017

CARTER
George Leonard
Private 17705, C Company, 14th (Swansea) Battalion, Welsh Regiment. 12 July 1916. Aged 19. Son of Henry & Sarah Carter, Chapel Bridge, Leverington. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
CLARK
Matthew
Private 18577, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action by a mine explosion 22 January 1916. Aged 26. Son of Mrs Susannah Clark, Harrold's Bridge, Gorefield. Buried in Spoilbank Cemetery, Belgium. Plot I. Row B. Grave 11.

George (left) and Matthew (right) Clark

CUTHBERT
Arthur
Private 331045, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 12 October 1917. Buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery, Boezinge, Belgium.
CUTHBERT
Joseph
Private 12880, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 12 October 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
DAVIS
F
Serjeant. No further information.
FENNELOW
William
Corporal G/6684, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 23 June 191917. Aged 21. Born Gorefield, enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs Jane Hutchinson, Fitton End, Gorefield. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, Belgium. Panel 20.
FILBY
William Benjamin
Private 20699, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died at sea Friday, 13th August 1915 sinking of the troopship Royal Edward in the Aegean Sea. Aged 36. Formerly 18950 Norfolk Regiment. Born Tilney All Saints, Norfolk, enlisted Norwich, resident Gorefield. Son of Mrs Eliza Filby. Husband of Lucy Lilian Filby, 1 Pear Tree Court, George St, Walsoken. No known grave. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233
GRIGGS
Thomas
Corporal 3345, 19th Hussars. Killed in action 19 May 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.
HALL
Robert
Lance Corporal 8828, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 20 July 1916. Aged 25. Born King's Ripton, Hunts. Enlisted Wisbech. Son of Mrs. A. Titman, of Gorefield, Wisbech. Buried in CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot XIV. Row E. Grave 35.

 

HOLMES
George
26020 Corporal, 90th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 28 May 1915, Gallipoli. No known grave. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey.
HOLMES
Walter Henry
Gunner/Signaller 202690, 381st Battery, 158th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 25 November 1917. Aged 24. Formerly 24778 Suffolk Regiment. Son of Kate Bassett (formerly Holmes ), of Gorefield, & the late William Holmes. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Panel 4 to 6 and 162.
HOWLETT
Christopher
Sergeant 8781, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 28 December 1916. Aged 22. Son of Mary Howlett & the late John Howlett, Diamond Hall, Gorefield. Buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot I. Row M. Grave 7. Brother of below.
HOWLETT
James Thomas
Private 8780, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 6 October 1916. Aged 28. Salonika. Son of Mary Howlett & the late John Howlett, Diamond Hall, Gorefield. Buried in Lahana Military Cemetery, Greece. PLot II. Row C. Grave 10. Brother of above.
HOTSON
F
possibly Private 675401, Frank Leslie Hotson, A Company, 1st Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment). 30 August 1918. Aged 23. Only son of John & Emma Hotson, Woodstock, Ontario. Buried in Upton Wood Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. (Note: An F Hotson, formerly of Wisbech, was mentioned in the Wisbech Standard as having arrived in England with the first Canadian contingent in 1914).
LAMBERT
Arthur
Private 16396, 11th (Cambridgeshire) Battalion, Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
MISSIN
George
Private 27480, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 August 1918. Aged 24. Son of Mr & Mrs J Missin, Fitton End, Gorefield. No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Brother of Joseph Missin below.
MISSIN
Joseph
Able Seaman R122, Howe Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Killed in action 25 March 1918. Son of Mr & Mrs J Missin, Fitton End, Gorefield. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Brother of George above.
OLDHAM
W
Private. No further information.
RUMBELOW
George
Private 6672, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 26 August 1914. (SDGW 9 April 1915). No known grave. Commemorated on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, France.
SAVAGE
Arthur
12171 Private, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 21 November 1917. Buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.
SHEPHERD
Ernest William
Private 325051, 1/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of wounds 6 November 1918, Prisoner of War. Formerly 331078 Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany.
SNEATH
Alfred
Private 8193, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 18 February 1915. Aged 20. Son of Francis Laura Aldous, 33 Wakefield St, East Ham, London. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.
THOMPSON
Albert
Photograph Courtesy & Copyright
© Mick Paul 2014
Serjeant 70374, 17th (Welbeck Rangers) Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). Died of wounds 2 January 1918. Aged 30. Born Sutton St James, Lincolnshire, enlisted Wisbech. Son of George Joseph & Amy Jane Thompson, Hundred Acre Farm, Harrold's Bridge, Gorefield. Formerly 5915, Leicestershire Regiment. Buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium. Plot IX. Row B. Grave 10.

 

TYNDALL
Thomas Image
Private 3/9447, 11th (Cambridgeshire) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 28 April 1917. Aged 18. Son of late Joseph & Rose Tyndall. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, France.
WOOLARD
George
Driver 123599, D Battery, 315th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 29 April 1917. Aged 35. Son of Jane Woolard, of Gorefield, & the late Joseph Woolard. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XVIII. Row B. Grave 6A.

WRIGHT
Harold
Private 16585, 11th (Cambridgeshire) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 19. Son of Mr & Mrs Michael Wright, of Wisbech. Buried in Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France.
1939-45
ANDERSON
Kenneth Stanley

Corporal 1270728, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 19 February 1945. Son of Harry & Gertrude Anderson; husband of Jessie Isabel Anderson, of Cambridge. Buried St Paul Churchyard, Gorefield, Cambridgeshire.

Ken Anderson and Maurice Bliss were cousins, both in R.A.F. and died within days of each other in entirely separate situations.

BLAKE
Herbert [Henry]

Son of Robert Langley and Martha Ellen (nee Neve) Blake, born 10 January 1900 in Congham, baptised 10 March 1900 in Congham. In 1911, Herbert was living in Brington near Huntington, aged 11, born Longham, Norfolk, at school, son of Robert and Martha Blake, his father was a horseman, and appears to have moved around a fair bit. On 23 March 1917, he enlisted at Wisbech to fight in World War 1. He wasn't old enough, but claimed to be 18. He was found out and discharged after three months under Para 392 (ii) King's Regulations. Private TR/9/2910, "F" Company, 25th Training Reserve Battalion. Discharged 8 June 1917 at Parkeston, Harwich, Essex, aged 17 years 4 months, height 5 feet 3 inches, chest 34-36½ inches, fresh complexion, grey eyes, light brown hair, trade Farm Labourer, intended place of residence Horsey Toll Hall Farm, Dryside, Farcet, Huntingdonshire, religion Wesleyan. At the time, he was living with his parents on a farm near Farcet. Herbert Henry Blake married Edna Alice Brown in the October to December Quarter 1922 in the Wisbech Registration District, Cambridgeshire. One son, Reginald Blake, born 1926, died March 1928 in Wisbech. In the 1927 and 1928 Electoral Registers he was resident Walpole St Peter. Herbert Henry Blake lived in Mill Lane, Gorefield in 1939. Herbert Henry Blake died in 1946 in a London Hospital, his death was registered in the April to June Quarter (June) 1946 in the Holborn Registration District, London, aged 46.

BLISS
Maurice George
Sergeant 1881845, 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 26 February 1945. Aged 20. Son of George & Melinda Elizabeth Bliss, of Tydd Gote. 224 Squadron were based at Milltown, Scotland, and flew Liberators. No known grave. Commemorated on Runnymead Memorial, Surrey.

Ken Anderson and Maurice Bliss were cousins, both in R.A.F. and died within days of each other in entirely separate situations.

DENNISS, MiD
Frederick

Sergeant 5824941, 1st Battalion, Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 28 April 1940. Agd 30. Son of William and Elizabeth Denniss; husband of Doris Denniss, of St. Budeaux, Plymouth. Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). Buried in Nord-Sel Churchyard, Norway. Row 4. Grave B.

Extract supplied by Peter Thatcher:

AANDALSNES April 27 3 Other Ranks, Privates WILLIAMS, HAMMOND and CHARLTON were missing.
Captain LIDWILL's party were retiring along the road when suddenly they were machine gunned by an armoured car: it was difficult to get off the road and only 5 men succeeded in doing so. They were Sergeant DENNISS, Corporal HORNER, Private SMITH and 2 others, names unknown. It was now that Captain LIDWILL was wounded. Sergeant DENNISS was also wounded and nothing further was seen of Private SMITH. Corporal HORNER was the only one to return of this party.

FOVARGUE
Alfred Edward
Petty Officer Stoker C/KX 79289, HMS Avenger, Royal Navy. Died 15 November 42. Aged 32. Husband of Elizabeth Kathleen Fovargue, of Gorefield. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 60, Column 3.

Alfred Fovargue with his bride Kathleen Smith

HAWKINS
Herbert

Private. Probably: Herbert HAWKINS, Guardsman 2615954, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, who died on Tuesday 21 May 1940. Aged 21. Born and resident Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Dunkirk Memorial, Nord, France.

HOWLETT
Christopher James
Private 5949181, 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 26 February 1945. Aged 25, Prisoner of War. Listed Singapore Memorial, Singapore.
PRESTON
William Charles Henry
Lance Serjeant, 5933598, 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment, Suffolk Regiment. Died at sea 21 September 1944. Aged 25. Prisoner of War. Son of Sidney & Ethel Preston; husband of Edith (nee Calver) Preston, of Garston, Watford, Herts, married 1942 in Wisbech. He was a Printer living in Gorefield. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial, Singapore.

Photograph Copyright © Peter Thatcher 2018

SMITH
Norah
Leading Aircraftwoman 436487, Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Died 2 June 1943. Aged 22. Daughter of Benjamin & Hannah Smith, of Pittington. Buried in Pittington Burial Ground (Hallgarth Cemetery), Durham.
STORTON
Eric [Hugh]
Driver, Royal Engineers, Survived the war, but he contracted TB from which he died soon after returning home in January to March Quarter 1949. Aged 25. Born 25 June 1923 in Gorefield. Only son of Florrie (b. 5 July 1892) and Leslie Hugh (b. 12 February 1895) Storton; husband of Muriel (nee Howlett) Storton, married 1943 in Gorefield. In the 1939 Register he was unmarried, a Cycle Repairer, living with his parents in Gorefield High Road, Wisbech R.D., Cambridgeshire.
Photographs Copyright © Peter Thatcher 2018

Eric is second from the left in this Army group.
SYMONDS
Arthur Robert

Lance Corporal 2343023, Royal Corps of Signals. Died 20 November 1943. Aged 27. Son of Robert & Florence Elizabeth Symonds, of Wisbech. Buried in St Paul, Gorefield, Churchyard, Cambridgeshire.

Symonds A.R. and his bride Joan Wales

WALES
Herbert Geoffrey
Driver T/137529, Royal Army Service Corps. Died of Tuberculosis 28 June 1947. Son of Bertram & Florence May Wales, of Gorefield; husband of Joan Ellen Wales, of Gorefield. Buried in Congregational Churchyard, Gorefield, Cambridgeshire.

Last updated 29 October, 2019

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