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LEVERINGTON WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and Copyright © Cliff Brown - 2000

The Leverington War Memorial is to be found in St Leonards Churchyard, opposite the church, in Church Road, Leverington. The memorial covers those who died in World War 1 and World War 2 and takes the form of a Celtic wheeled cross with pitched Gothic arch on each side of base. The manufacturers were Wade & Son of Leverington. The memorial was first unveiled by Colonel Clayton, and dedicated, 10 October 1920. There are 17 names listed for World War 1 and 12 for World War 2.

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Note: 17 year old Sid Shepherd is buried in lonely part of the church yard. He was the first man of the 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment to die - on December 4th 1914. His headstone is not CWGC pattern although his grave is in the CWGCs care. The Leverington War Memorial is in the burial ground directly across the road from the church.

Photographs courtesy & copyright © Phil Curme - 2000

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THIS MEMORIAL
TO THEIR GLORIOUS DEAD
WHO FELL IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914-1919
IS ERECTED BY THE PARISHIONERS OF LEVERINGTON
AND DEDICATED ON OCT. 10 1920

BASSETT William Bowsett
G/22245 Pte, 1/5th (Weald of Kent) East Kent Regiment. Died Durban, 10-9-17. Durban (Stellawood) Cemetery.
BURROWS Joseph C
11097 L/Cpl, 13th Royal Fusiliers. Dow 11-4-17, age 21 Son of John William and Maria Burrows, of Roman Bank, Leverington. Duisans British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
COUSINS Leslie
T4/084479 Driver, 230th Coy Army Service Corps, attached 11th Suffolk Rgt, A company transport section. Died 16-2-16, age 19. Lived Gipsy Lane. Aire Communal Cemetery, France.
ETHERINGTON Arthur W
PO/17800 Pte, Royal Marine Light Infantry (HMS Queen Mary). Killed in action 31-5-16, Battle of Jutland, age 18. Son of F J and E Etherington, of Leverington Common. Portsmouth Memorial, Hampshire.
FISHER Arthur J
6621 Pte, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 26-8-14. Lived Roman Bank. La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France. Brother of Ernest, below.
FISHER Ernest
17610 Pte, 10th Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 23-7-16, age 24. Lived Roman Bank. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Brother of Arthur, above.
FULLER Arthur W
235169 L/Cpl, 8th Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 21-7-18. Son of Mr A Fuller, North Brink, Wisbech. Formerly Cambridgeshire Regiment. St Amand British Cemetery, Pas de Calais.
FULLER Herbert
325867 Pte, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 22-3-18. Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.
GRIGGS Thomas
3345 Cpl, 19th Hussars. Killed in action 19-5-15. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, Belgium. (Also Gorefield).
LAKE Sidney
41838 Pte, 4th Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 6-4-18, age 19. Son of James and Emma Lake, of Hickman's Farm, Leverington. Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.
LAKEY Albert Edward
G/21231 Pte, 2nd Queen's Royal West Surrey. Killed in action 11-5-17, age 22. Formerly 20825 East Surrey Regiment. Arras Memorial, France.
MISSIN Joseph
R122, Able Seaman/Pte, Howe Btn, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action 25-3-18. Son of Mr and Mrs J Missin, Fitton End, Gorefield. Arras Memorial, France. Brother of George (Gorefield).
PLITSCH George E
T/331075, No 1 Coy, 9th Divisional Train, Army Service Corps. Farm labourer, called up 4-9-17. Served overseas from 6-1-18. Husband of Mrs Edith Plitsch, of Ringers Lane, Leverington. Son of Richard & Rebecca Plitsch, Ryan St, Wisbech (in 1881 census). Discharged 18-6-19, giving address as 17 Horseshoe Terrace, Wisbech. Died 9-7-19, age 41, at 17 Horseshoe Terrace, Leverington. .
SHEPHERD Sidney Alfred
16392 Pte, 11th (Cambs) Suffolk Regiment. Died home 4-12-14. Leverington (St Leonard) Churchyard.
SLINN Albert
G/34646 Pte, 16th (Public Schools) Middlesex Regiment. 31-5-17, age 24. Son of James and Ann Maria Slinn, of 15 River Terrace, Wisbech. Arras Memorial, Pad de Calais, France.
WELLS Frederick
256806 Sapper, 21st Light Railway Operating Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 20-10-17, age 27. Lived Horseshoe Terrace, Wisbech. Son of Ellen Wells, of Tydd Gote. Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium.
WINSOR William Filby
326927 Pte, ACompany, 8th Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 31-5-17, age 29. Formerly 4781 Cambridgeshire Regiment. Son of Mrs Sarah Ann Winsor, of Leverington Common. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

On churchyard memorial:

GEORGE Ernest Frederick
51, Pte, 8th Btn Canadians (90th Winnipeg Rifles). Died 26-4-15 PoW Roulers, Belgium. Captured when gassed at St Julien 23-4-15. Son of Mrs George, Ringers Lane, Leverington. Born Wisbech. Roeselare Communal Cemetery, Belgium.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny' s Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 1, Part 1 , Page 150 - GEORGE, Ernest Frederick, Corporal , number 51, A Company, 8th Battalion (90th Winnipeg Rifles), 2nd Brigade, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Eldest son of Arthur Atherton George of Leverington, near Wisbech, by his wife Sarah, sister of Captain Thomas Elson-Ivey, 1st Oxfordshire and Buckingham L.I. (taken prisoner at Kut)and dau of Samuel Ivey, of Bristol. Born Leverington co. Cambridge23-9-1889, educated church school, wisbech. Was employed for five years with Messrs Dawbarn & Sons, Wisbech, went to Winnipeg, Canada in April 1912, and worked on the Canadian Pacific Railroad, volunteered on the outbreak of war and joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Came over with the first contingent in nov 1914, trained at Valcartier camp, Quebec and Salisbury, went to France 18-2-1915 and was reported missing after the heavy fighting at Ypres 22 to 24-4-1915.

On this occasion the 8th Battalion , commanded by Lieut-Col Lispett held the extreme left of the brigade position at the most critical moment. The Battalion was expelled from the trenches early on friday morning (23rd April) by an emission of poisonous gas, but recovering in three quaters of an hour, it counter-attacked, re took the trenches it had abandoned, and bayoneted the enemy; and after the third brigade had been forced to retire, Lieut-Col Lispett held his position , though his left was in the air, until two British Regiments filled the gap on saturday night.

It would seem George was wounded and taken prisoner, for according to a postcard received from Corporal W.S. Poser of the same battalion (himself a prisoner) George died of wounds or gas poisoning, in the red cross hospital at Roulers, 26-4-1915.

He was unmarried, his younger brother private John Robert George, served with th first Northamptonshire Regiment in France aug 1914 to march 1915 and is now (1916) with the third battalion in Gillingham.

See also Wisbech.

Buried in Leverington (St Leonard) Churchyard:

BRIGHTWELL E L
661486 Pte, 583rd Home Service Employment Company, Labour Corps. Drowned 17-8-19, age 24. Formerly 16311 Pte, 8th Suffolk Regiment. Son of John and Ann Brightwell, 17 River Terrace, Wisbech.
RUNDELL Richard
214283 Pioneer, 87th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died home 8-11-18, age 30. Richmond, Surrey.
YOUNG Arthur
2459 Sgt, E Reserve, RAF. Died pneumonia 16-2-21, age 24.

THE GOLDEN EVENING BRIGHTENS
IN THE WEST;
SOON, SOON TO FAITHFUL
WARRIORS COMES THEIR REST;
SWEET IS THE CALM OF PARADISE
THE BLEST. ALLELUIA!
AND
THE WAR
1939-1945

COOPER Stanley
Dvr, 2091259, 287 Field Coy, Royal Engineers. 30-5-43, age 33, Prisoner of War. Son of Arthur & Hannah Cooper; husband of Lucy Irene Cooper, of Leverington Common. Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmur.
DIGGINS William Arthur
Pte, 5827477, 1st Suffolk Regiment. 31-5-40, age 24. Son of William & Elizabeth Diggins, of Wisbech St Mary. Wulpen Churchyard, Jabbeke, Belgium.
DUFF Frederick
Gnr, 1107318, 95 Anti-Tank Rgt, Royal Artillery. 8-5-45, age 31, Prisoner of War. Son of Thomas & Caroline Duff, of Stamford, Lincs. Husband of Maude Duff, of Stamford. Prague War Cemetery, Czech Republic.
GROVES George Frederick
[Listed as GROVE on CWGC] Private 6023166, 1/4th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 29 October 1942. Aged 22. Son of Alfred and Maud Clara Grove, of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Buried in EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot VI. Row D. Grave 10.
LARGE George H
probably Sgt, 5823038, 287 Field Coy, Royal Engineers. 21-11-43, age 38, Prisoner of War. Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmur. Born and resident Cambridgeshire.
INGLE Stanley
possibly Alfred Stanley INGLE, Private, 5780885, Army Catering Corps, attd., Oxford. and Bucks Light Infantry, who died on Wednesday 18 April 1945. Buried: HANOVER WAR CEMETERY Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany. Born and resident Cambridgeshire.
LENTON Maurice
Pte, 14581008, 6th York & Lancaster Regiment. 14-11-44, age 29. Meldola War Cemetery, Italy.
MISSIN Harold Bert
Pte, 5826605, 1st Suffolk Regiment. 17-10-44, age 27. Jenres War Cemetery, Netherlands.
ROCKETT Harry Major
Spr, 2090370, 287 Field Coy Royal Engineers. 26-4-42, age 24, Prisoner of War. Son of Mr & Mrs H Rockett. Singapore Memorial, Singapore.
SCALES Frederick Arthur
Sgt, 1629783, 61 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, based Skellingthorpe, Lincs, flying Lancasters. 23-9-44, age 20. Son of Arthur & Nellie Scales, of Leverington. Almelo General Cemetery, Netherlands.
STRAWSON Gordon Edgar
Sgt, 5933897, 4th Suffolk Regiment. 18-9-44, age 25, Prisoner of War. Son of Joseph Edgar & Alice Strawson; husband of Nora Strawson, of Cambridge. Buried Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.
WALTON Sidney Claude
L/Bdr, 962034, 76 (The Shropshire Yeomanry) Field Rgt, Royal Artillery. 15-2-44, age 26. Son of Tom & Rose Walton; husband of Phyllis Maud Walton, of Outwell. Cassino War Cemetery, Italy.

"GREATER LOVE HATH NON MAN
THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY
DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS
FRIENDS"

Also listed for this parish in the Ely Cathedral Second World War Book of Remembrance & other sources:

ANDERSON Kenneth [Stanley]
Cpl, 1270728, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 19-2-45. Son of Harry & Gertrude Anderson; husband of Jessie Isabel Anderson, of Cambridge. Buried Gorefield (St Paul) Churchyard, Cambs. See also Gorefield.
DENNISS Fred
No information. See also Gorefield
HAWKINS Herbert
Probably: Herbert HAWKINS, Guardsman, 2615954, 3rd Bn., Grenadier Guards, who died on Tuesday 21 May 1940, age 21. Commemorated: DUNKIRK MEMORIAL Nord, France. Born and resident Cambridgeshire. See also Gorefield
HOWLETT Christopher [James]
Pte, 5949181, 2nd East Surrey Regiment. Died 26-2-45, age 25, Prisoner of War. Listed Singapore Memorial, Singapore. See also Gorefield.
PRESTON William [Charles Henry]
L/Sgt, 5933598, 2nd Cambridgeshire Rgt, Suffolk Regiment. Died at sea 21-9-44, age 25, Prisoner of War. Son of Sidney & Ethel Preston; husband of Edith Preston, Garston, Watford, Herts. Listed Singapore Memorial, Singapore. See also Gorefield.
SYMONDS Arthur [Robert]
L/Cpl, 2343023, Royal Corps of Signals. Died 20-11-43, age 27. Son of Robert & Florence Elizabeth Symonds, of Wisbech. Buried Gorefield (St Paul) Churchyard, Cambs. See also Gorefield.
TAWN, DSM, BEM Robert George
Able Seaman C/JX 137109, H.M.S. Vernon (Diving Establishment), Royal Navy. Killed in Falmouth Inner Harbour, whilst de-fusing an unexploded Land Mine, dropped by parachute from a Luftwaffe Bomber, 6th March 1941. Aged 24. Son of Charlott Tawn and stepson of Harry Maile, of Leverington Common, Cambridgeshire. Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (D.S.M.) and the British Empire Medal (B.E.M.). Buried in FALMOUTH CEMETERY, Falmouth, Cornwall. Section L. Row C. Grave 9.

Note: Able Seaman Tawn, a Royal Navy Diver was Killed in Falmouth Inner Harbour, whilst de-fusing an unexploded Land Mine, dropped by parachute from a Luftwaffe Bomber. Along with Able Seaman Tawn, Six other men also lost their lives. All are buried in Falmouth Cemetery, with the exception of one, named Sutherland, whose remains were never found.

See also Wisbech St Mary War Memorial

 

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