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HARLTON ST MARY - 1914-1918 Roll of Honour

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Tony Legge

These notes were attached with the information from Tony Legge and give a background to the two Rolls. The actual Roll of Honour with all names is on a separate page.

This record was made of a printed ‘Roll of Honour,’ the record made on 26th January 2001. The body of the form is printed and the ‘name’ ‘service’ and ‘details’ columns were filled in by hand. Although not directly named as a record from the village of Harlton, the prevalence of local names of the time supports this association. A check will be made with the appropriate census returns. The capitals letters of names, places, Regiments and significant words in ‘remarks’ columns are executed in decorative lettering. In the lower caption, the words ’who are on active service’ have been changed to ‘...were on active service.’ The layout of the form as given here is a reasonably close approximation to the original.

The deaths of men from the village are recorded on a separate wooden tablet inside the church. These are:"

Frederick [John]
[on plaque as XI Suffolks July 1916] Private 16325, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Born Harlton, enlisted Cambridge. Killed in action Saturday, 1st July 1916 in France and Flanders. Buried in Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, Somme, France. Grave VIII. R. 3.
Ernest [William]
[on plaque as XI Suffolks July 1916] Private 16329, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Born Harlton, enlisted Cambridge. Died of wounds Thursday, 24th August 1916 in France and Flanders. Age 19. Son of Mrs. C. Richmond, of Fulbourn. Buried in North-West part of Harlton (St Mary) Churchyard.
[on plaque as XIV Hants August 1917] Private 26682, 14th (Service) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Born and resident Harlton, enlisted Cambridge. Died of wounds Wednesday, 1st August 1917 in France and Flanders. Age 21. Formerly 23764, Suffolk Regiment. Son of David and Elizabeth Patman, of Hern Cottage, Harlton. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XVII. A. 5.
[on plaque as R. G. A. April 1918] Gunner 164043, 22nd Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Born and resident Harlton, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Died of wounds Tuesday, 30th April 1918 in France and Flanders. Age 36. Son of James Matthews, of Harlton, Cambridge. Buried in Arneke British Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave II. D. 19.
[on plaque as X Suffolks August 1918 - No entry in either the Soldiers Died CD or the Commonwealth War Graves site.] Private 15888, 11th (Service) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Born 15 February 1880 in Harlton, Cambridgeshire, baptised 20 April 1879 in Harlton. Resident 8, Swanns Terrace, off Argule Street, Mill Road, Cambridge. Cambridge. Married. Son of Absolom and Emma Mace, of Harlton, Cambridgeshire; husband of Sarah Elizabeth (nee Fuller) Mace, of 8, Swanns Terrace, Cambridge, married at Harlton 25 December 1906. In the 1911 census he was aged 31, born Harlton, Cambridgeshire, a Carter, married to Sarah Mace, resident 8 Swanns Terrace, Argyle Street, Mill Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Enlisted 2 November 1914 at Cambridge, aged 34 years 9 months. Served at home 2 November 1914 to 6 January 1916, then in France 7 January 1916 to 18 September 1916, wounded 5 September 1916 at Armentiere, served at home 19 September 1916 to 20 December 1917. In Queen Mary's Military Hospital, Whalley, Lancashire, 19 September 1916 to 1 June 1917. Discharged 20 December 1917 being no longer physically fit for was service, para 392 (xvi) King's Regulations, with shell wounds to legs, head and hand, right leg amputated, aged 37 years 10 months, height 5 feet 6¾ inches, weight 137 lbs, chest 35-37½ inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, labourer by trade, religious denomination Church of England. Buried 24 August 1918, aged 39, in HARLTON CHURCHYARD, Cambridgeshire. See also Cambridge Guildhall
[on plaque as Sherwood Foresters March 1917] Private 201129, 2/5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire) Regiment. Born Harston (Men who Died CD) and enlisted Derby. Killed in action Friday, 30th March 1917 in France and Flanders. Age 37. Son of Absolom and Emma MacE, of Harlton, Cambs; husband of Rose MacE, of 72, Bridge Gate, Derby. Buried in Hancourt British Cemetery, Somme, France. Grave E. 23.

Curiously, none of these men are recorded on the roll of honour, though two other men are recorded as dying in action among those listed as ‘connected with the village.’

A. J. Legge



Eric [Leslie]
Rifleman 6852255 1st Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps who died on Thursday 7 December 1944, age 30. Commemorated: CASSINO MEMORIAL Italy. Husband of J. Pagram, of Washington, Co. Durham.
Leslie [George]
Spr. 287 Field Coy., Royal Engineers, d 13/2/1942, age 22, commemorated: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore. Son of George and Eliza Willmott, of Harlton, Cambridgeshire.

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