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HORSEHEATH WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Dave Edwards
2001
Photographs copyright © David Male 2008

This memorial is inside the Church; originally installed in the 1920's and then cited for extension on 14 October 1948. The memorial lists 10 names by surname and initial for World War 1 and 6 names with initials for World War 2. There are four burials in the churchyard of which one is not listed on the memorial.

To the Glory of God in grateful memory of the men
from this parish who gave their lives in the Great War
1914 1918

CRACKNELL

Albert

Private 201206, 15th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 22 February 1919. Son of George Cracknell. of Horseheath. Buried between the chancel and the north boundary in ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, HORSEHEATH, Cambridgeshire.

His British Army World War 1 Pension Records 1914-1920 exist still. These incorrectly state that he died 17 February 1919. He enlisted 31 May 1915 at Cambridge. His occupation prior to being enlisted as a Shepherd. He was originally in the 3/4th Battalion and was posted to the 15th Battalion 15 March 1917 and subsequently to the Depot 1 February 1918. He served in the Middle East from 15 March 1917 to 31 January 1918. He enlisted aged 23 years 3 months. He was 5 feet 2½ inches tall, with a girth of 34½ inches. He was invalided to England on Hospital Ship Kalyan from Alexandria 20 January 1918. He had been admitted to 31st general Hospital, N.Y.D. mental Department in October 1917. He was listed as "feebleminded" after an attack of measles.

DOCKERILL

Frank

Able Seaman R/1240, Howe Battalion, Royal Naval Division Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action 26 October 1917. Aged 19. Born 20 May 1898 in Horseheath. Son of Elijah and Eliza Dockerill, of Horseheath Green, Cambridge. A Cowman by trade. Enetred the Army Reserve 20 June 1916, subsequently entered Royal Naval Reserve 24 April 1917 and included in the draft for British Expeditionary Force 6 August 1917, joined Howe Battalion 27 September 17 and served until his death. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 2 to 3 and 162 to 162A.

DOCKERELL

Benjamin Philip Augustus

[Spelt DOCKRELL on CWGC & SDGW] Rifleman 452070, 11th (County of London) Battalion (Finsbury Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 8 August 1918. Born Horsingsea, enlisted London, resident Pimlico. Buried in HEATH CEMETERY, HARBONNIERES Somme, France. Plot VIII. Row H. Grave 14.

FREESTONE

George Harold

Private SPTS/5448, 6th posted 5th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 24 November 1918. Aged 21. Resident near The Real Lion, Horseheath in 1915. Son of Samuel George and Alice Freestone, of Barham Rd., Linton, Cambs. Buried in between the chancel and the North boundary of ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, HORSEHEATH, Cambridgeshire.

His British Army World War 1 Pension Records 1914-1920 exist still. Born 2 June 1897 at Horseheath. A Labourer by trade. Enlisted 6 June 1916 at Bury St Edmunds. Height 5 feet 4¾ inches, girth 36½ inches. He was gassed in action on 7 August 1917 and discharged 8 May 1918 as no longer physically fit for active duty due to the effects of shell gas poisoning.

HANCHETT

Richard

Rifleman 2479, 1st/5th City of London) Battalion (London Rifle Brigade), London Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 18. Enlisted London, resident Clare, Suffolk. Son of Edward and Maria Kate Hanchett, of Horseheath, Linton, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 D.

HANCHETT

Thomas Alfred

[Listed as City of London Regiment on memorial] Gunner, 925312, "A" Battery, 280th (City of London) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 22 August 1917. Aged 23. Born at Belchamp St. Paul's, Clare, Suffolk close to Stansted, Suffolk, enlisted London. Son of Edward and Maria Kate Manchett, Horseheath, Linton. Formerly Gunner, 915, Royal Field Artillery. Buried in BIRR CROSS ROADS CEMETERY, Ypres, Plot III. Row B. Grave 16.

MORRELL

Thomas

[Listed as Royal Fusiliers] Thomas Morrell, Sapper 527933, Section 4, Railway Transport Establishment, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 26 September 1917. Aged 21. Enlisted Cambridge. Son of John and Rose Eleanor Morrell who were publicans at the Montford Arms, Horseheath, in 1911. In 1911 Thomas was working from home, born Tottenham, Middlesex; his brother Cecil was born in Horseheath. Formerly 4428, Cambridgeshire Regiment and then 326748, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXIII. Row A. Grave 10.

SCOTCHER

William

Driver 123189, 19th Division Ammunition Column H.Q., Royal Field Artillery. Died 27 October 1918. Aged 22. Born Linton, enlisted Haverhill. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Scotcher, of Haneheath End, Linton, Cambs. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row D. Grave 17.

SHORE

Arthur

Private 40893, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 28 March 1918. Born and enlisted Linton. Son of Walter and Mary Ann Shore, of Horseheath, Linton. Formerly 4351, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.

SHORE

George

Private SD/3022, 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds 1 July 1916. Aged 24. Born Linton, enlisted Hastings. Son of Walter and Annie Shore, of Six Mile Bottom, Newmarket. Buried in MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot VI. Row Q. Grave 71.

In grateful memory of the men of Horseheath
who gave their lives in the War 1939 1945
ASHFIELD

Frederick William

[Listed as RAF on memorial] Sergeant 1160840, 420 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12 February 1942. Husband of J. W. Ashfield, of Halstead, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 77.

ASHFIELD

Leslie James

Flying Officer (Pilot) 40198, 44 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 15 May 1940. Aged 22. Son of Frederick Henry and Stina Ashfield, of Horseheath, Cambridgeshire. Buried in OOSTERHOUT PROTESTANT CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Grave 5.

HAMMOND

Arthur

Private 5933765, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died as a prisoner of war of the Japanese 21 September 1944. Aged 26. Son of Walter and Bessie Hammond, of Shudy Camps, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji, Singapore. Column 59.

Note: On 21 September 1944 the Hofuku Maru sailed with Convoy MATA-27 for Takao in Formosa. She was attacked by an American aircraft carrier about 80 miles north of Corregidor, the aircraft carrier’s planes sank the whole fleet including the Hofuku Maru, not knowing she carried prisoners. The Hofuku Maru was carrying 1,289 prisoners from Manila to Japan, 1,047 were lost.

JACOBS

Leslie [Robert]

Private 5933766, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action during the Japanese invasion of Malaya and Singapore during the defence of Singapore 13 February 1942. Aged 21. Son of Robert Henry Jacobs, and of Annie Jacobs, of Horseheath, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji, Singapore. Column 59.

MURRELL

Reginald [George]

Guardsman 2615098, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 12 September 1940. Aged 25. Son of Henry George and Annie Murrell; husband of Violet Murrell of Horseheath. Buried in ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, HORSEHEATH, Cambridgeshire.

RUSE

Bernard [Henry]

Coporal 5933708, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action during the Japanese invasion of Malaya and Singapore during the defence of Singapore 13 February 1942. Aged 27. Buried in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Kranji, Singapore. Plot 18. Row A. Joint grave 10-11.

 Buried in the Churchyard but not on memorial
READER

Frederick

Private GS/61435, 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 15 November 1918. Son of George Alfred Reader, of Horseheath. Formerly 23215, Royal West Kent Regiment. Buried in between the chancel and the North boundary of ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, HORSEHEATH, Cambridgeshire.

Last updated 2 March, 2011

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