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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Dave Edwards
additional RFC/RNAS/RAF information David Manning

The Mepal War Memorial is on the corner of High Street and School Lane. It takes the form of a stone cross mounted on a four-steeped base. Thirteen names are listed for World War 1 and 6 for World War 2.

1914 - 1918

To the glory of God
and to the memory
of those who fell in
the Great War.
ANGOOD Frederick Bowman
Pte. 19th Bt. Middlesex Reg., d 23/7/1918, age 35, buried: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Husband of L. A. Angood, of High St., Thrapston, Northants. Son of Frederick and Jane Angood of Mepal.
ATKIN Herbert
Pte. 1st Bt. Suffolk Reg. d 15/2/1915. Buried: NKG. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium MR.29 See also Witcham
CONSTABLE Leonard Douglas
Private 33420, 6th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment. 11th.Division. Died 27/9/1917 age 20. Son of Thomas Constable, of Brook House, Sutton, Ely, Cambs. Born in Ely and enlisted in Ely. Resident of Mepal. Formerly 4587 Staffordshire Regiment. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR.30.
George & Walter Constable
Pte. Brother of Leonard above. Photograph on the Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network website - still no further information available
HALL William
Pte. 1st Bt. Northamptonshire Reg., died 10/12/1916, age 24. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Son of Mr & Mrs Harry Hall of Mepal.
HENSBY Walter William
L/cpl Walter William Hensby, 12th Bt. Suffolk Reg. d 25/3/1918. Buried: NKG. Commemorated on The Arras memorial MR.20. See also Sutton
LEE, RD Charles Alexander
Capt., Commander, Royal Indian Marine, formerly Royal Naval Reserve. Order of the Sacred Treasure (Japan). Died 6/2/1918 age 63. Buried: Taranto Town Cemetery Extension, Italy. Son of the late Rev. William and Mary Lee; husband of Margaret Elizabeth Lee, of The Cottage, Mepal, Ely, Cambs.
PEARSON Amos Charles
R.N.A.S., Private 1st Class, 47th Wing, R.A.F. died 2/11/1918 age 30. Buried: Mepal churchyard. Son of Jonas James Pearson; husband of Florence Cronk (formerly Pearson), of 95, Downton Avenue, Streatham Hill, London. Service No. 237984. Died of pneumonia.
PALMER Ephraim George
Private G/30504, 6th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 12th Division. Died 21/9/1918. Born in Sutton and enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds. Born September 1897 in Sutton, Ely, Cambs., living in Mepal after 1905. Buried in Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row A. Grave 5.
ROWELL William Seth
Able Seaman, R/1803, Hood Btn, Royal Naval Divison. Born 24-6-1898. Son of William Rowell, of The Green, Mepal. Mobilized 15-6-17 to 3rd Reserve Btn, at Blandford. Joined Hood Btn, RND, 29-10-17 at Passchendaele. Posted Missing 24-3-18 (retreat from Cambrai to Hamel), later reported PoW. Died while POW Lazarette War Hospital, Lehrerseminar A.27 D.F.35. No cause of death stated, but very likely pneumonia / influenza. Buried: Mons Communal Cemetery, Mons, Hainaut, Belgium. See also Witcham
SYKES Alfred William
Lance Corporal 7th Battalion, Norfolk Reg. 12th.Division. Died 30/11/1917. Born in Mepal and enlisted in Ely. Buried NKG. Commemorated on The Cambrai Memorial MR.17.
Private 77169, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, discharged with wounds in 1918, died 5 April 1938, aged 40, He was the second son of Mrs Whitehead and the late Mr George William Whitehead of Mepal. Buried at Mepal.Probably the latest date of death on any Cambridgeshire War Memorial.
Pte. [Listed as Oscar Mott WOLLASTO] Private 13854, 9th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment. 6th Division. Killed in action near Ypres 19th December 1915. Born in Tottenham and enlisted in Ely. Next of kin not known. Buried in White House Cemetery, St.Jean les Ypres, Belgium. Grave B.101
Died 16/2/1919, age 22, of pneumonia at Bury St Edmunds hospital, buried: Mepal. Daughter of Mr Charles Waters, Ferry House, Mepal. She worked for the Navy and Army Canteen Board at Thetford Military Camp, the forerunner of the NAAFI.

Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends

1939 - 1945

LADSON Donald Arthur
Private, 2nd Bt. King’s Own Scottish Borderers, died 30/6/1945 age 19. Buried: Ranchi War Cemetery, India. Son of Alfred Ferdinand and Emily May Ladson, of Mepal, Cambridgeshire.
BAKER Amos William
Aircraftman 2nd Class, R.A.F.V.R., died 19/1/1942 age 19. Buried: Mepal churchyard. Son of Charles and Maude Baker, of Mepal.
HENSBY John Thomas
Private, Royal Norfolk Reg., died 16/10/1944 age 19. Buried Overloon War Cemetery, Netherlands. Son of Thomas H. and Laura Hensby, of Mepal, Cambridgeshire.
NORMAN William Percy
Fusilier, 2nd Bt. Royal Fusiliers (City of London Reg.), died 2/8/1944 age 23. Buried: Florence War Cemetery, Italy. Son of Charles Percy and Rosina S. E. Norman, of Mepal, Cambridgeshire.
PEPPER Leslie Walter
Rifleman, 1st Bt. Rifle Brigade, died 14/11/1942 age 23. Buried: NKG. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ladson Pepper, of Witchford, Cambridgeshire.

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