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ISLEHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Dave Edwards
[Special thanks to Nick Carver for investigating this information]

The memorial stands outside St. Andrew’s Parish Church and takes the form of a Celtic cross of sacrifice on plinth and base with a Sword of Sacrifice on the front face of the cross. There are 45 names for World War 1 and 14 for World War 2. The architect was Mr Thomas Dinham Atkinson. The forty-five World War 1 names are also listed on a stone memorial plaque inside the church. The unveiling of the exterior memorial is shown in a picture to be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network website.

Isleham Memorial Plaque Isleham War Memorial
Photograph copyright © David Male 2005
Photograph from an old postcard

To the Glory of God
and in loving and thankful memory of
the men from this parish who gave their lives in the Great War
1914 – 1919.

"Death is swallowed up in victory"

AVES
Stanley
Private 59454, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment, killed in action 29/9/1918. Born Isleham 1899 to Matthew Aves and Mary Jane (nee Houghton), enlisted Cambridge. Buried: Unicorn Cemetery, Vend'Huile, Aisne, France.
BALLS
Arthur
Private 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 17/2/1917, age 25, commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Balls, of The Pitts, Isleham, Ely, Cambs.
BROWN
David
Private 11th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regt.), died 24/2/1917, buried: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Mary Brown, of lsleham Fen, Ely.
BROWN
David
L/Corporal 2nd/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, died 13/10/1917, age 23, buried: Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France. Son of Elijah and Eliza Brown, of Isleham, nr. Ely, Cambs.
BUTCHER
David
Private 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment, died 26/9/1916, age 29, buried: Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. David, Harry and John William Butcher were brothers sons of Jonathan and Mary Butcher, of Fen Bank, Isleham, Ely. There was one surviving son (Isaac). In 1901 David Harry and John were 13, 9 and 6 respectively.
BUTCHER
Harry
Private 3/7438, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 3/3/1915 in France & Flanders. Born Isleham, enlisted Norwich. David, Harry and John William Butcher were brothers sons of Jonathan and Mary Butcher, of Fen Bank, Isleham, Ely. There was one surviving son (Isaac). In 1901 David Harry and John were 13, 9 and 6 respectively. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4
BUTCHER
John William
Private 30375, 9th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 10/4/1918. Born and resident Isleham, enlisted Newmarket, Suffolk. David, Harry and John William Butcher were brothers sons of Jonathan and Mary Butcher, of Fen Bank, Isleham, Ely. There was one surviving son (Isaac). In 1901 David Harry and John were 13, 9 and 6 respectively. Formerly 13254, Suffolk Regiment. Commemorated in CROIX-DU-BAC BRITISH CEMETERY, STEENWERCK, Nord, France. Special Memorial A. I.
CLARKE
George
Private 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, died 30/11/1917, age 26, commemorated: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Son of Robert and Emma Clarke, of Hall Cottage, Isleham, Ely, Cambs.
CLARKE
Herbert
Private 35992, 75th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Died from dysentery on Sunday the 1st December 1918 whilst serving as a driver for his unit. Son of John Clarke and Naomi Clarke, nee Human. Of eight borthers who served, Herbert was the only one who died, although others were invalided out through wounds. Buried in Deir el Belah War Cemetery, Israel.
CORNWELL, M.M. and Bar
Cecil E
Corporal 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 8/10/1918, age 24, buried: Naves Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Son of Mrs. Annie Cornwell, of "Lyndhurst," Church St., Isleham, Ely.
CORNWELL
Percy
Private 59493, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment, died of wounds 30/10/1918, age 20, buried: Premont British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Son of George and Ada Jane Cornwell, of Lea Farm, Freckenham, Ely. Born Isleham, enlisted Ipswich.
CORNWELL
Walter David
Lance Sergeant 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 20/7/1916, age 32, commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Son of Ann Cornwell, of The Grove, Isleham, Ely, Cambs., and the late William Cornwell; husband of Mercy M. Cornwell, of 21, Manchester St., Cambridge.
CURTIS
Cecil T
Private TF5997, 1/8th (Territorial Force) Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action 17/9/1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Isleham, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds. Cecil Curtis was 9 at the time of the 1901 census and living in Pound Lane with parents Joseph P and Mercy Curtis.
DRAYTON
Victor
Lance Corporal 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 15/5/1917, buried: Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, Pas de Calais, France. Born Isleham. Victor Drayton was the son of Eliza Drayton, born in 1884. His mother did not marry until 1889 when she wed Elijah Brown, with whom Victor was living in 1901. his identity has proven hard to pin down becuase he was originally named Dolphus Victor and (not surprisngly) it would seem he dropped the Dolphus.
FENN
Albert [Bertie]
Private 9322, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 15th March 1917. Born Isleham, enlisted MIldenhall. Buried in Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row G. Grave 27.
FLEET
Charles Tilby
Private 6558, 2nd/4th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales), who was killed in action on 19/7/1916, age 31, buried: Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, Nord, France. Son of Walter and Elizabeth Fleet, of West St., Isleham, Ely, Cambs. Enlisted Bury St. Edmunds (Isleham, Cambs). Formerly 3083, Suffolk Regiment.
FLEET
Robert (W)
Gunner, "B" Battery, 317th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, died 22/12/1918, age 27, buried: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Son of William and Naomi Fleet, of Blacksmith Yard, West St., Isleham, Cambs. Native of Isleham.
FLEET
Walter
Private G/15142, 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment. Killed in action 7/10/1916 in France & Flanders. Born Isleham, enlisted Newmarket.
GOODCHILD
Arthur
Private 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 8/5/1915, commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Born Isleham in 1891. Son of William and Hannah of The Pits.
GOODCHILD
Edward
Private 3rd Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), died 4/5/1917, age 35, buried: Savona Town Cemetery, Italy. Son of James and Alice Goodchild, of Isleham; husband of M. A. Goodchild, of The White Lion, Isleham, Cambs. Drowned at sea on his way to Egypt when his ship was torpedoed in the Mediterranean Sea on May4th 1917. He had been the village blacksmith at Isleham for 15 years. He left a widow and three children. He joined up in January 1917. (see The Newmarket Journal Saturday June 9 1917).
HALL
John
Private 59479, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 8/11/1918 in France & Flanders. Born Isleham in 1899, enlisted Cambridge. Son of John and Elizabeth of West Street.
HARVEY
Herbert
Private 49148, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 10/8/1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Isleham, enlisted Newmarket. Husband of Rebecca Butcher, brother-in-law of the three Butcher boys listed here. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.
HARVEY
James
Private 3/9737, 10th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Enlisted 2nd September 1914, discharged because of tuberculosis 4th December 1915, died 9/7/1919 at Isleham. In 1915, Lily Harvey got married. Her father is shown as being James Harvey, a Private soldier in the Suffolk Regiment. He has been traced back to his wedding, which took place on 29th April 1892 to Hannah Bird, showing his age in 1892 as 26; he was born 1866 in Isleham, son of Richard & Elizabeth Harvey [nee Gammon]. He is the brother of William (below).
HARVEY
William
Private 17507, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 20/12/1918, age 34, buried: Wisbech Borough Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Harvey; husband of Elizabeth Newman (formerly Harvey), of Council Houses, Harecroft Rd., Wisbech. Born at Isleham, Cambs in 1884. He is the brother of James [above]. Enlisted 38th Decmeber 1914, discharged 8th February 1918.
HOUGHTON
Christopher
Private 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 26/8/1914, commemorated: La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France. Born Isleham. Son of Robert and Elizabeth of Hives Drove; brother of William Victor, below.
HOUGHTON
William [Victor]
[Also known as Victor William] Private 16854, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1/7/1916 in France & Flanders. Born Isleham, enlisted Ely. Son of Robert and Elizabeth of Hives Drove; brother of Christopher, above.
HUMAN
Clark [William]
Private 7th Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), died 10/8/1917, age 22, commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Son of Josiah and Emma Human, of Pound Lane, Isleham, Ely, Cambs.
HUMAN
Percy
Private 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 8/2/1915, buried: St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Born Isleham. Son of George W and Delphine of Fen Bank and was 5 at the time of the 1901 census. He had 1 brother and 3 sisters, but his parents were still of childbearing age, so others may have followed.
HUMAN
Victor
Private, G/11236, 13th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, killed in action on 1st August 1917, Born Impington, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Buried: Buffs Road Cemetery, St. Jean-les-Ypres, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Son of Mrs. A. M. Human, of 2, Field Terrace, Exning Rd., Newmarket, Cambs.
NEWLING
Sidney
Acting Corporal, 9284, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 8/10/1915 in France & Flanders. Born Paddington, Middlesex, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds. Son of Samuel Boyce and Mary Elizabeth Newling. His father had been a Baptist Minister in Isleham.
PAYNE
Arthur E
[E.A. in CWGC] Private 216th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Inf), died 15/11/1917, age 23, buried: Passchendaele New British Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Son of Mr. E. J. Payne, of Isleham, Cambs.
PLACE
Arthur E
Sergeant 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 7/12/1914, buried: Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Born Isleham. Arthur, Thomas and Vernon Place were brothers and the sons of Charles and Mary Place of Fen Bank in Isleham. In the 1901 census, they were 16, 12 and 7 respectively.

His temporary grave in 1914 and the grave he is buried in are shown below.

   

Arthur (left) and Thomas (right) Place
Courtesy Nick Carver 2013

PLACE
Thomas
Corporal 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 3/10/1915, commemorated: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Born Isleham. Arthur, Thomas and Vernon Place were brothers and the sons of Charles and Mary Place of Fen Bank in Isleham. In the 1901 census, they were 16, 12 and 7 respectively.
PLACE
Vernon Isaac
Private 163662, 1st Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment), died 13th June 1916, Vommemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Born 11th April 1893 at Isleham. Son of Charles Place of Isleham Fen. Occupation Labourer. Unmarried. Enlisted 5th August 1915 in Toronto, Canada. Height 5 feet 8½ inches, girth 37 inches, complexion dark, eyes blue, ahir dark brown. Religion Church of England. Arthur, Thomas and Vernon Place were brothers and the sons of Charles and Mary Place of Fen Bank in Isleham. In the 1901 census, they were 16, 12 and 7 respectively. National Archives of Canada Accessiuon Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7857 - 43
RAYMENT
Alfred Charles
Bombardier, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action in September 1918, aged 28. His daughter, Lilly Rayment (now Sheldrick), was born about 1918. He was the son of John & Harriet Rayment of Cambridge, one of 14 childred. Married Agnes Louisa Fleet of Isleham in Cambridge Registry Office. Agnes was the sister of Robert Fleet, who is also on the Isleham war memorial. They lived a short time in Isleham before Alfred Charles was called up for the RFA and he was He is buried in France.
REED
Arthur
Private 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 4/5/1915, age 18, commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Son of Frederick and Mary Reed, of Mill St., Isleham, Cambs.
REED
George Frederick
Private 15th Battalion, London Regiment, (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles), died 26/10/1918, age 18, buried: Isleham Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Son of Frederick and Mary Reed, of Field Farm, Isleham, Cambs.
REED
James Robert
Private 1st/5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 27/3/1917, age 23, buried: Gaza War Cemetery, Israel. Son of Joseph Reed; husband of Kate Honor Reed, of Coal Yard Drive, Isleham, Cambs.
RUTTERFORD
Herbert
Private 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 24/7/1917, age 31, buried: Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, Pas de Calais, France. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Rutterford, of Beck Rd., Isleham, Cambs.
SEABER
James
Acting Bomdardier 87441, 18th Div. F Ammunition Col., Royal Field Artillery, died 11/6/1916, buried: Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Born Isleham, enlisted London.
SHELDRICK
Bertie
Lance Corporal 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 21/9/1915, age 24, buried: Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Sheldrick; husband of Gertrude Sheldrick, of 29, Gown Rd., East Dereham, Norfolk. Born at Isleham, Cambs.
TURNER
Hills
Corporal 14272, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 30/8/1918 in France & Flanders. Born Halifax, Yorkshire, enlisted Newmarket, Suffolk.
WEBBER
Frederick
No further information currently
WEBBER
John
Private 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 5/3/1915, age 21, buried: Loker Churchyard, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Son of David and Martha Webber, of East End, Isleham, Cambs.
WHITEHAND
William
Private 8th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), died 11/9/1918, age 39, buried: Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany. Son of Robert and Eliza Whitehands, of The Pitts, Isleham, Ely, Cambs.
ALSO IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THOSE WHO FELL IN THE WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945
BAILEY
John Henry
Private Pioneer Corps, died 26/4/1944, age 41, buried: Isleham Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Son of Edgar and Rebecca Bailey; husband of Ethel Bailey, of Isleham.
BROWN
Edmund John

Private 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment, died 28/1/1942, age 25, buried: Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Son of Sidney and Lavina Brown; nephew of Mrs T. Wells, of Isleham. Cambridgeshire.

COOKE
Harry W F
Probably: Sergeant Harry William Frederick Cooke, R.A.F.V.R., died 27/9/1943, buried: Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.
CLARKE
Kenneth Frederick
Private 8th Battalion, SuffolkRegiment, died 25/12/1940, age 22, buried: Isleham Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Son of Frederick William and Henrietta Clarke, of Isleham.
COLLEN
Desmond Owen
Sergeant 426 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, R.A.F.V.R., died 22/10/1943, age 21, buried: Isleham Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Son of Joseph and Mercy Collen, of Isleham.
CORNWELL
Leslie
Private 4th Wiltshire Regiment, died 17/3/1945, age 20, buried: Isleham Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Cornwell, of Isleham.
CORNWELL
Sidney Walter
Corporal 57 Infantry Brigade Company, Royal Army Service Corps, died 18/8/1943, age 25, buried: Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia. Son of Lewis and Susan E. Cornwell, of Isleham, Cambridgeshire; husband of Bertha Beatrice Cornwell, of Tilney-all-Saints, Norfolk.
GOODCHILD
Frank
No further information currently
HARDING
Stanley
Sergeant 463 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron, R.A.F.V.R., died 25/11/1944, commemorated: Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom. Son of Alec and Elizabeth Harding, of Isleham, Cambridgeshire.
REEVE
Arthur
Trooper 46th Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, died 17/1/1945, age 22, buried: Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy. Son of Frederick and Sarah Ann Reeve, of Isleham, Cambridgeshire.
REED
William
Driver Royal Army Service Corps, died 1/2/1944, age 30, buried: Dely Ibrahim War Cemetery, Algeria. Son of William and Rose Reed; husband of Charlotte Reed, of Isleham, Cambridgeshire.
RADFORD
Robert Arthur
Ordinary Seaman P/JX 294856, H.M.S. Anking, Royal Navy. Died when HMS Anking, was sunk by Japanese gunfire at 06:30 on 4th March 1942. Aged 20. Son of Arthur George and Gertrude Radford, of Walthamstow, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 66, Column 1.

Note: A squadron of Japanese heavy cruisers, led by Admiral Kondo, engaged the convoy containing HMS Anking. The squadron consisted of Atago, Takao and Maya, each armed with ten 8-inch guns, and two destroyers, Arashi and Nowaki. The cruisers opened fire while remaining outside the range of the escorts guins. HMS Anking sank in less than 10 minutes with the loss of one officer and 25 ratings.

SHELDRICK
Bertie
Probably: Sergeant Wirless Operator/Air Gunner, 115 Squadron, Royal Air Force, died 29/12/1940, buried: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
STARLING
Cyril
Lance Sergeant 80 Assault Sqn., Royal Engineers, died 26/10/1944, age 25, commemorated: Groesbeek Memorial, Netherlands. Son of Royal and Mary Ann Starling, of Isleham, Cambridgeshire.

Last updated: 5 April, 2014

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