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The memorial stands at the crossroads outside Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Meldreth. It takes the form of a plainly worked Celctic style wheel cross on a three tier plinth with the insctipyion on the front face of the shaft of the cross and the names on two sides of the plinth. There are 12 names for World War 1 and 7 for World War 2. Monies for the memorial were raised by public subscription, the balance of the fund, £4 3s 0d, was handed over to the Parish council by the War Memorial Committe to be used for the upkeep and repairs, if needed, to the memorial. It was originally unveiled on 1st February 1920 by local clerygemn and dignitaries.

Meldreth War Memorial
From an old postcard

"To the Memory of the Men of this Village
who fell in the Great War 1914 - 1918".



Private 14111 1st Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Thursday, 6th May 1915. Born Meldreth, enlisted Royston, resident Kensington, Middlesex. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.


Sidney Spott

Company Serjeant Major 7623 1st Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Thursday, 25th October 1917. Age 31. Born and resident Shepreth, enlisted Royston. Son of John Edward and Elizabeth Chamberlain, of Council Cottages, Meldreth; husband of Alice Chamberlain, of Hope Folly, Meldreth. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.


Private 13671 11th Bn., Suffolk Regiment killed in action on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Born Meldreth, enlisted Cambridge. Buried in CERISY-GAILLY FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave II. E. 11. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.


Private 327522 "D" Coy. 1st Bn., Cambridgeshire Regiment killed in action on Tuesday, 31st July 1917. Age 24. Born Meldreth, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth East, of North End, Meldreth; husband of Elsie Whitehall (formerly East), of North End, Meldreth. Formerly 5688 Cambridgeshire Regiment. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50 and 52. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.


Captain 6th Bn., Lancashire Fusiliers who died of wounds on Thursday, 31st October 1918. Age 30. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Farnham, of Meldreth, Cambs; husband of Daisy A. Farnham, of 10, Sydney Rd., Waltham Cross, Herts. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XXXV. B. 10.   See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.

Nelson [William]

Bombardier 56825 "V" Bty., Royal Horse Artillery who died on Tuesday, 2nd March 1915. Age 19. Born Norwich, enlisted London. Son of Percival and Margaret Ellen Fielding, of Norwich. Buried in AIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IV. E. 24. See Cambridge Guildhal and Cambridge St Paul's.

Extract from Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 19 March 1915:

Local Names in the Casualty List.

The past week has brought news of the t death at the front of many local soldiers, chiefly belonging to the Suffolks.

Corpl. P. Fielding, Cambridge.

Mr. P. Fielding, Lensfield-road, has been officially informed that his son, Nelson Willie Fielding, of the Roval Horse Artillery, was killed in action on March 2nd. He had lately been transferred from “J” Battery ” V ” Battery, attached to the Indian Expeditionary Force, and promoted from Bombardier to Corporal. His twin brother, Percy, is still in “ J “ Battery.

Both boys joined the R.H.A. from the Duke of York’s School at 14 years of age, and not yet 20. They went out to France with the original Expeditionary Force, and had been through every engagement since the commencement of the war. Nelson had never once been off duty. He was a fine specimen of manhood, standing over 6ft. in height, and was well known in Cambridge. Mr. Fielding, the bereaved father, himself an old soldier, with 29 years’ service to his credit. He left the Army Squadron-Sergt.- Major the King’s Dragoon Guards in 1897. He joined the Loyal Suffolk Hussars coming to Cambridge, and held the position of Regimental Quartermaster-Sergt. at the time of his retirement.



Private G/43317, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action Tuesday, 26th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Meldreth, enlisted Purfleet, Essex, and resident Cuxton, Kent. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 60 and 61.  See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.


Private 11012 2nd Bn., Grenadier Guards who was killed in action on Thursday, 14th September 1916. Age 32. Born Burwell, enlisted Cambridge. . Son of Robert Fuller, of Smith End, Barley, Royston, Herts; husband of Agnes E. Fuller, of Hope Folly, Meldreth, Cambs. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 D. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.

Wilfred Ward

Private G/21166 7th Bn., The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.) who was killed in action on Thursday, 26th October 1916. Age 20. Born Meldreth, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Royston. Son of Charles and Isabella Harrup, of "Fieldgate House," Meldreth. Formerly 26918, Middlesex Regiment. Buried in SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No. 2, Somme, France. Grave VII. K. 3. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.


Private 18548 1st Bn., Suffolk Regiment killed in action on Saturday, 24th April 1915. Born and enlisted Melbourn. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.


Private 2670 Pay Office (Cairo), Army Pay Corps who died on Monday, 7th February 1916. Born Meldreth, enlisted London. Buried in CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Grave D. 300. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.

[Samuel] Mark

Private 28206, 12th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Died of wounds 15th November 1916. Aged 19. Born and resident Meldreth, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Samuel and Fanny Pepper, of Meldreth, Cambs. Formerly 20187, Norfolk Regiment. Buried in PUCHEVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 66. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.

"Their name liveth evermore".


HOWARD James Raymond
Lieutenant 200204 Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons), R.A.C. who died on Thursday, 16th September 1943. Age 24. Son of Alwyne Andrew and Evelyn Howard, of Meldreth. Buried in SALERNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Grave I. A. 44. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.
KELLY Joseph J
possibly JOSEPH JOHN KELLY Serjeant 6916995 H.Q. Sqn., 3rd (8th Bn. The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Regt., Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C. who died on Sunday, 9th July 1944. Age 28. Son of John Joseph and Clara Kelly, of Barking, Essex; husband of Florence Kelly, of Barking. Buried in RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Grave II. C. 6. or JOSEPH JAMES KELLY Signalman 2319994 Royal Corps of Signals who died on Monday, 20th May 1940. Age 29. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, Nord, France. Column 31. or JOSEPH JOHN KELLY Driver T/72084 1st Army Tank Bde. Coy., Royal Army Service Corps who died on Thursday, 27th November 1941. Age 30. Son of William and Sarah Kelly; husband of Anne E. J. Kelly, of Birkenhead. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 76. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.
PIZZEY George Clement Russell
Corporal 1621043 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Tuesday, 30th October 1945. Age 34. Son of Thomas Clement Cecil and Rose Pizzey; husband of Doris Kathleen Pizzey, of Meldreth. Buried in Meldreth Cemetery. Grave 97. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.
PLUCK Reginald W
Corporal 7536802 Army Dental Corps who died on Saturday, 13th October 1945. Age 28. Son of Herbert John and Florence Pluck; husband of Enid Frances Pluck, of Shepreth. Buried in BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY, Evere, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. Grave X. 28. 38. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.
RADFORD Bertie Richard Elijah
Private 1642266 4th Bn., King's Own Scottish Borderers who died on Thursday, 2nd November 1944. Age 34. Son of Elijah and Annie Maria Jane Radford; husband of Joyce Ethel Radford, of Stetchworth, Suffolk. Buried in BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Grave 8. B. 20. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.
WALBEY Albert Kitchener
Lance Corporal 7938897 2nd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment who died on Tuesday, 29th May 1945. Age 28. Son of Charles William and Mary Ann Walbey, of Meldreth. Buried in MAYNAMATI WAR CEMETERY, Bangladesh. Grave 3. E. 10. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also. 
YUILL Arthur
Trooper 7949518 17th/21st Lancers, R.A.C. who died on Tuesday, 19th January 1943. Age 28. Son of Arthur and Jane Yuill; husband of A. M. Yuill, of Royston, Hertfordshire. Commemorated on MEDJEZ-EL-BAB MEMORIAL, Tunisia. Face 3. See Meldreth Holy Trinity also.

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