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GUILDEN MORDEN WAR MEMORIAL

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

The memorial stands beside the church and takes the form of a rough, hewn, cross standing on a plinth with a single step surrounded by a chain-linked fence. There are 32 names for World War 1 and 8 for World War 2. Details appeared in the Cambridge Independent Express 1st April 1921.

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FOR GOD AND FREEDOM
1914-1919

BONFIELD

Frederick

Private 37553 4th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Tuesday, 30th October 1917. Age 48. Born and resident Guilden Morden, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of William and Mary Ann Bonfield, of Guilden Morden; husband of Edith Bonfield, of Potton Rd., Guilden Morden, Royston, Herts. Buried in TYNE COT CEMETERY, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XIV. E. 1.

CHAPMAN

Charles

Charles Chapman, Private 16396 8th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Saturday, 11th March 1916. Born and resident Shingay, enlisted Royston. Buried in MENIN ROAD SOUTH MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I. L. 12.

CHAPMAN

Charles

Private 3/7750 7th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment who died at home on Tuesday, 12th January 1915. Age 42. Born Shingay, enlisted Bedford, resident Royston. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Archer Chapman, of Shingay, Royston, Herts; husband of Kate Chapman, of Shingay Gate, Royston. Buried in WENDY (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, SHINGAY CUM WENDY., Cambridgeshire. Right of main path.

CLARKE

Frederick Stanley

Corporal 472450, 46th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (South Saskatchewan Regiment) 10th Brigade. 4th. Canadian Division. Killed in action 27th September 1918. Born Guilden Morden 1st May 1894. Son of Mrs Fanny Clark, of Guilden Morden. Farmer by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted and poassed fit 16th September 1915 at Saskatoon, Saskatawen, Canada, aged 21 years 4 months, height 5 feet 8½ inches, girth 37 inches, complexion fresh, eyes blue, hair brown; Congregationalist. Buried Quarry Wood Cemetery, Sains-Les-Marquion, Pas de Calais, France. Section F. Grave 714. National Archives of Canada Accession reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1737 - 8

COVINGTON

Frederick George

Lance Corporal 23675 4th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Monday, 31st December 1917. Age 22. Born and resident Guilden Morden, enlisted Ampthill, bBdfordshire. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth A. Bonnett, of Potton Rd., Guilden Morden, Royston, Herts. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

DESBOROUGH

Noah Lawrence

Private 23320 4th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Wednesday, 7th February 1917. Age 20. Born and resident Guilden Morden, enlisted Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Son of Ernest E. Desborough, of High St., Guilden Morden, Royston, Herts. Buried in ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France. Grave Sp. Mem. 25.

DOCWRA

Thomas aka Tom

[List on memorial as Royal Fusiliers, CWGC lists him as DOCURA.] Private TF/241503, 3rd Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died at home 24th February 1919. In 1911 he was aged 30, married to Emily, employed In Charge of Cattle on a Farm, born Barrington, resident Steeple Morden. Buried in GUILDEN MORDEN BURIAL GROUND, Cambridgeshire. Grave reference: 19. D. See also Wendy-cum-Shingay.

DODSON

Alfred John Charles

Rifleman 48998 1st Bn., Rifle Brigade killed in action on Saturday, 10th August 1918. Age 19. Son of John and Eliza Ann Dodson, of Caldecote, Baldock, Herts. Born Knapwell, Cambs, enlisted Bedford, resident Baldock. Buried in VIEILLE-CHAPELLE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, LACOUTURE, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IX. C. 7.

DODSON

Ferdinand Brenyer Reuben

Private 19867 8th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on Tuesday, 28th September 1915. Age 19. Born Knapwell, enlisted Bedford, resident Caldicote, Bedfordshire. Son of John and Eliza Ann Dodson, of Caldecote, Baldock, Herts. Buried in CHOCQUES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. E. 52.

FOXON

James

Lance Corporal 16277 9th Bn., Essex Regiment who died on Tuesday, 14th March 1916. Age 19. Born and resident Shingay, enlisted Royston. Son of William T. and Sarah Ann Foxon, of Shingay, Royston, Hertfordshire. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave A. 18. 20.

GENTLE

Charles

(Canadian Expeditionary Force, Sergeant on memorial). CWGC states Private 875064 78th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regt.) who died on Monday, 9th April 1917. Age 22. Born 10th December 1894 in Cambridgeshire. Son of the late James and Sarah Jane Gentle, of Guilden Morden, Royston, Herts; brother of Bertha Gentle of Guilden Morden. Farmer by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted and passed fit 23rd March 1916 at Winnipeg, aged 21. Height 5 feet 6½ inches, girth 32½ inches, complexion dark, eyes grey, hair dark; Presbyterian. Commemorated on the VIMY MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canada Accession Refernce: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3472 - 9

GENTLE

Edgar

Lance Corporal S/31503, 10th Bn., Rifle Brigade killed in action on Sunday, 23rd September 1917. Age 31. Born Guilden Morden, enlisted Woolwich, Kent, resident Peckham, Surrey. Son of James Gentle, of Guilden Morden, Royston, Herts; husband of Florence Emma Fisher (formerly Gentle), of 22, Barset Rd., Peckham, London. Commemorated on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 145 to 147

HARRIS

William Basil

33575, Pte, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 8th August 1918. Born Megavissey, Cornwall, enlisted Bury St Edmund's. Son of the Rev William & Eliza Jane Harris, 3 Lemsford Rd, St Albans, Herts. Native of Mevagissey, Cornwall. Buried in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

IZZARD

Oliver George

[Memorial states Training Reserve.] Private TR/8/8441 7th Bn., Dorsetshire Regiment who died at home on Sunday, 24th December 1916. Age 35. Born guilden Morden, enlisted Aldershot, Hampshire. Husband of Kate Izzard, of 57, Alexandra Rd., Aldershot. Buried in GUILDEN MORDEN BURIAL GROUND., Cambridgeshire. Grave 19. C.

JOHNS

F T

Essex Regiment. Not listed in 'Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19. The Essex Regiment'. possibly FRANK TURNER JOHNS Private 56650 2nd Bn., Lancashire Fusiliers who died of wounds on Tuesday, 14th May 1918. Age 19. Born Linton, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Saffron Walden, Essex. Son of George Turner Johns and Annie Elizabeth Johns, of High St., Newport, Essex. Native of Newport. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.

JOHNSON

John Chapman

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment killed in action on Thursday, 8th July 1915. Age 32. Son of Marian Garneys Johnson; husband of Eileen Mary Benison Pemberton (formerly Johnson), of Eversley Court Hotel, 6, Pembridge Square, Paddington, London. Buried in BARD COTTAGE CEMETERY, BOEZINGE, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I. A. 42.

LEONARD

Alfred Harold

Private 23335 4th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Tuesday, 30th October 1917. Age 21. Born and resident Guilden Morden, enlisted Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Son of Mary Elizabeth Leonard, of 5, New Rd., Guilden Morden, Royston, Herts., and the late Alfred Leonard. Commemorated on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A

LUKYN-WILLIAMS

Herbert Temple

Captain Royal Army Medical Corps attd. 15th Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.) who died of wounds on Tuesday, 26th March 1918. Age 32. Son of Rev. Canon Arthur Lukyn Williams and Caroline Bessie Williams, of Guilden Morden, Royston, Herts; husband of Maude K. Lukyn-Williams, of 3, Southwood Court, London, N.W.II. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Grave Panel Number: I. E. 28.

MORRIS

Robert Walter

Private M2/106285 611th Coy. Mechanical Transport, Army Service Corps attd. 100th Siege Bty. "R" Siege Park,, Royal Garrison Artillery killed in action on Saturday, 7th April 1917. Age 31. Born Guilden Morden, enlisted London, resident Hammersmith. Son of Mrs. Morris, of High St., Guilden, Morden, Royston, Herts; husband of Mrs. A. Wild (formerly Morris), of 89, Sulgrave Rd., Hammersmith, London. Buried in STE. CATHERINE BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave B. 10.

NEWELL

Benjamin Herbert

Lance Corporal 126789 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regt.) who died on Wednesday, 11th October 1916. Age 33. Born 21st October 1883 in Cambridgeshire. Son of Samuel and Harriet Newell, of Guilden Morden, Royston, Herts, England; husband of Emma J. Newell, of Guilden Morden, Royston, Herts. Bricklayer by trade. Married. Enlisted and passed fit 24th September 1915 at Stratford, Ontario, aged 31 years 11 months, heoght 5 feet 9½ inches, girth 39½ inches, complexion dark, eyes brown, hair dark brown; Methodist . Commemorated on the VIMY MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7287 - 9

PETTENGELL

William Allen

Private 61326 7th Bn., Royal Fusiliers Killed in action on Friday, 25th May 1917. Born Guilden Morden, enlisted Hitchin, resident Royston. Formerly 4026, Essex Regiment. Buried in ALBUERA CEMETERY, BAILLEUL-SIRE-BERTHOULT, Pas de Calais, France. Grave A. 13.

PIGGOTT

Sim

Private 18394 2nd Bn., Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action on Thursday, 20th July 1916. Age 40. Enlisted Royston. Husband of Agnes Louisa Piggott, of 9, Apple Tree Row, Kneesworth, Royston, Herts. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A

RAYNER

Edward

Leading Seaman J/10533 H.M.S. "Natal.", Royal Navy who died on Thursday, 30th December 1915. Age 26. Son of John and Isabel Rayner, of North Brook End, Steeple Morden, Cambs. Commemprated on the CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 9. Killed by internal explosion of vessel in Cromarty Firth.

SCOTT

Charles Maurice

[Maurice Charles on CWGC], Private 201930, 1st/4th Batatlion, Suffolk Regiment died of wounds 19th May 1917, aged 30. Enlisted Hitchin. Son of John and M. E. Scott, of Guilden Morden, nr. Royston, Herts. Buried in MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, Seine-Maritime, France.

SCOTT

Frederick

Private 235085, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 4th June 1917. Aged 19. Born and enlisted Hertford, resident Guilden Morden. Son of William and Mary Elizabeth Scott, of Potton Rd., Guilden Morden. Formerly 4986, Hertfordshire Regiment. Buried in GUILDEN MORDEN BURIAL GROUND, Guilden Morden, Cambridgeshire. Grave 17. O.

TATHAM

George

Private 202755 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment who died of wounds, on Thursday, 4th July 1918. Age 26. Son of George and Lucy Tatham, of Guilden, Morden, Cambridgeshire. Enlisted Hertford, resident Guilden Morden. Formerly 2555 Hertfordshire Yeomanry. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. O. 36.

THOMPSON

Frederick Gordon

Private, 265582, 1/1st Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on Tuesday, 31st July 1917. Born Guilden Morden, enlisted Hertford, resident of Guilden Morden. Commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54 and 56

WALKER

Arthur Oliver

Able Seaman R/353 Nelson Bn. R.N. Div., Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who died on Wednesday, 14th March 1917. Age 28. Son of Ellen and the late James Walker, of Guilden Morden, Royston, Herts. Buried in PUCHEVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave VI. E. 36. A Baker. Born Guilden Morden, Cambridge 6/9/1891. Son of Mrs. E. Walker, of Great Green, High St, Guilden Morden, Cambridge. Joined Nelson Bn. BEF in January 1917. Died at 12.05 am in 2/1st South Midland CCS from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis.

WALKER

James

Private 8512, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, killed in action 9th September 1914, age 26. Born Guilden Morden, enlisted Bristol, resident Steeple Morden. Son of Jesse Walker, of Guilden Morden, Cambs. Buried in MONTREUIL-AUX-LIONS BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France.

WATTS

George

Private G/25893 3rd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment who died at home on Saturday, 13th July 1918. Age 29. Born at Guilden Morden, enlisted Cambridge. Son of George and Sarah Watts; husband of Catherine Sarah Kirbyshire (formerly Watts), of Fair View, North Mimms, Hatfield, Herts. Buried in GUILDEN MORDEN BURIAL GROUND., Cambridgeshire. Grave 19. N.

WISEMAN

Bertie

Private 8765, 2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment who died of wounds on Saturday, 6th February 1915. Born and resident Royston, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Buried in HAZEBROUCK COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave III. A. 30.

WORBOYS

James

Private, 266616, 1st/1st Bn., Hertfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds on Friday, 5th April 1918. Age 20. Enlisted Hertford, resident of Steeple Morden, Cambs. Brother of Fanny Calton, of Flex Lane, Steeple Morden, Cambs. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave X. A. 13A.

THESE
ALSO GAVE THEIR LIVES
1939-1945

BONFIELD

Bernard Frank

Signalman 2389052 Royal Corps of Signals who died on Monday, 25th June 1945. Age 24. Son of Frank and Kate Bonfield, of Guilden Morden, Cambridgeshire. Buried in HAMBURG CEMETERY, Germany. Grave 1A. C. 12.

DAVIS

John Edward

Royal Artillery. Probably: Gnr. 135 (The Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Reg., Royal Artillery, d 19/8/1945, age 29, buried: KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand.

DOWDY

Frederick George

Private 6099627 2/5th Bn., The Queen's Royal Regt (West Surrey) who died on Friday, 29th October 1943. Age 29. Son of Thomas and Annie Dowdy, of Guilden Morden, Hertfordshire. Buried MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Grave VIII, J, 16.

TURNELL

Sidney

Private 7390382 Royal Army Medical Corps who died on Monday, 10th January 1944. Age 35. Son of Ernest and Jessica Turnell; husband of Mabel Fanny Turnell, of Guilden Morden, Hertfordshire. Buried in BARI WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Grave VI.A. 15.

WEBB

Leonard Francis

Flight Sergeant 1601171, Navigator/ Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 102 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, based at Pocklington. Lost on 28th April 1944 in a Halifax (JN948N) with all crew whilst carrying out a raid on Aulnoye Marshalling Yard. Age 21. Son of Albert and Bessie Rose Webb, of Guilden Morden. Buried in MAUBEUGE-CENTRE CEMETERY, Nord, France. Row B. Grave 4.

WESTROPE

R S

Possibly Richard Strickland Westrope, Sergeant 1863967 Flt. ENGR. 408 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Saturday, 29th July 1944. Age 21. Son of Herbert John Wright Westrope and Agnes Lilian Westrope, of Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire. 408 Squadron flew Lancasters from Linton-on-Ouse. Buried in KIEL WAR CEMETERY, Germany. Grave Panel Number: 1. J. 6.

WORBOYS

Albert Percy

Private 5827365 . 1 st Bn., Suffolk Regiment who died on Friday, 31st May 1940. Age 21. Son of William Percy and Hannah Worboys, of Guilden Morden, Cambridgeshire. Buried in DE PANNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, De Panne, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot 3. Row A. Grave 6.

Also listed

LEETE

Sylvia Joan

Private, ATS. Apparently she came home on leave where she fell ill. Her father refused to let her return to her base, but the Military Police came and fetched her. She went into hospital in Colchester where she died of TB. The GRO list a death in the Jul-Sep 1945 quarter of Sylvia J Leete, aged 25 (Hitchin District Vol. 3a Page 876). This would suggest she died at home and not in Colchester. There are no other entries that match during the war years. This also makes sense as she is listed on the Guilden Morden and the Baldock war memorials and these fall within the Hitchin District or thereabouts. Also listed on Baldock War memorial

Last updated 17 August, 2012

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