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HISTON METHODIST WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © 2000 Ann Thompson

The Histon Methodist War memorial is to be found within the church and takes the form of a stone tablet with a triangular pediment with the inscription in black lettering in the centre flanked by two columns with names. There is a crown within a wreath carved in relief at the top centre of the pediment. There are nine names for World War 1 and three for World War 2.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
IN HONOURED MEMORY
OF THOSE CONNECTED WITH THIS CHURCH
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR

1914 - 1919

BIGGS

James

Gunner 198356, 78th Bdge, Royal Field Artillery. Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery. Born Histon. Enlisted Cambridge. Died 26/10/1918. Number 198356. Employed Chivers & Sons Ltd, Histon. Buried in Vendegies-Au-Bois Churchyard, Nord, France. See also Histon and Impington War Memorial

FROST

John

Private John FROST, 28901, 1st Bn., Grenadier Guards, who died on Monday 14th October 1918; husband of Rose FROST, of Water Lane. Histon. He is buried in Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas de Calais, France; grave no. V.G.7. His grandson Bruce Frost of Littleport adds: " I visited the grave with my father, Robert, in 1957, and have photographs that we took on that occasion. I also have the photograph originally supplied to my grand mother, of a wooden cross said to mark grandad's grave. The irony is that this cemetery is so near to the coast, that it was flattened during the Second World War, and it is anybodys guess as to what exactly is now under the present white marble gravestones. I have both the original telegrams, sent to my grandmother, the first saying that grandad had been wounded in the back, and was in hospital in the 35th General Hospital, Calais. The telegram "regrets that permission to visit cannot be granted". As if my grandmother, with three small children, could have afforded it anyway! The second telegram says that grandad had died, and Family legend says that he was already on the boat to be brought home, but they removed his body, and buried him in "La belle France". I also have the statement of accounts of his pay as a soldier, which concludes that the sum of 1.5s.11d. was found on the deceased! I understand that he was a "Jam Factory Hand" at Chivers & Sons Limited, before he enlisted. He was certainly born at Gislingham, Suffolk, on 23 February 1886." See also Histon and Impington War Memorial

GAWTHROP

George

Gunner, 200205, "C" Bty. 223rd Bde., Royal Field Artillery who died on Sunday, 22nd September 1918. Age 38. Son of Jacob and Hannah Gawthrop; husband of Phaebe Gawthrop, of Impington Lane, Histon, Cambridge. Employed Chivers & Sons Ltd, Histon. Buried in LEBUCQUIERE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Grave Panel Number: III. C. 20. See also Histon and Impington War Memorial

KNIGHTLEY, DCM

Arthur E

Serjeant, 15701, 11th Bn., Suffolk Regiment who died on Sunday, 26th August 1917. Husband of G. M. Knightley, of The Mill, Histon, Cambs. Buried in HARGICOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Grave I. C. 33. See also Histon and Impington War Memorial

LEET

Arthur R

Royal Field Artillery. Husband of Lily Maude Leet Father of three children - Violet, Gladys and Maude Died of gas poisoning 9th July 1919 aged 37 years. Buried Glebe Way cemetery, Histon. See also Histon and Impington War Memorial

MANSFIELD

Bertie

Private, G/17657, 9th Battalionn, Royal Sussex Regiment who was killed in action on Monday, 11th June 1917. Born Impington, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Employed Chivers & Sons Ltd, Histon. Commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 20. See also Impington St. Andrew dead. See also Histon and Impington War Memorial

MANSFIELD

John

Private, 328074, 1/1st Bn., Cambridgeshire Regiment, formerly 6752, Cambridgeshire Regt. who was killed in action, France and Flanders, on Friday, 23rd November 1917. Born Impington, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Commemorated on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 148. See also Impington St. Andrew dead. See also Histon and Impington War Memorial

WILDERSPIN

Albert G

Private, 15818, 11th Bn., Suffolk Regiment who died on Thursday, 3rd August 1916. Employed Chivers & Sons Ltd, Histon. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A. See also Histon and Impington War Memorial

WILDERSPIN

William J

Private, 15901, "B" Coy. 11th Bn., Suffolk Regiment who died on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Age 18. Son of Mrs. F. Wilderspin, of High St., Histon, Cambridge. Employed Chivers & Sons Ltd, Histon. Buried in GORDON DUMP CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE, Somme, France. Grave VI. H. 1. See also Histon and Impington War Memorial

1939 - 1945
BENNETT

Franklin James

Private, 5932687, 1st Bn. The Cambridgeshire Regiment, Suffolk Regiment who died on Tuesday, 19th October 1943. Age 24. Prisoner of War. Cause and place of death unknown. Son of Laurie and Alice Bennett; husband of Edna Bennett, of Stockton-on-Tees, Co. Durham. Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Grave 9.K. 13. See also Histon and Impington War Memorial

PARKER

Charles Robert George

Lieutenant, 204309, 6th Bn., Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt who died on Monday, 26th October 1942. Age 21. Son of Herbert and Maud Parker, of Histon, Cambridgeshire. Buried in EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Grave XXVII. G. 14. See also Histon and Impington War Memorial

TOLLIDAY

Jack

Trooper, 7956546, 'C' Sqn., Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons), R.A.C. who died on Thursday, 16th September 1943. Age 36. Son of George and Elsie Tolliday; husband of Marguerite L. S. Tolliday, of Histon, Cambridgeshire. Commemorated on the CASSINO MEMORIAL, Italy. Panel 1. See also Histon and Impington War Memorial

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