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STAPLEFORD WAR MEMORIALS

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

The World War 1 memorial is in the form of a plaque inside the parish church of St. Andrews. The World War 2 memorial is at the lych gate to parish church of St. Andrews. There are 18 names listed for World War 1 and 12 for World War 2.

IHS
FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS VILLAGE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919

 
CHALK

Arthur Cyril Heffer

Rfn, C/8029, 9th King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died at home 4th June 1918, age 23. Enlisted Gidea Park, Essex, resident Stapleford. Son of Arthur & Gertrude Chalk, of Stapleford. Buried in Stapleford Cemetery.

CHAPMAN

Alfred Thomas

Pte, 32120, 11th Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 22nd March 1918. Born Exning, Suffolk, enlisted Great Shelford. Son of James & Emma Chapman, Red Berry Cottage, Exning; husband of Nellie Blanche Taylor (formerly Chapman), 36 Norwich St, Cambridge. Formerly G/20332, Middlesex Regiment. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

COX

Harry

Private 326517, 1st/1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 6th September 1918 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Cambridge. Lived at Mill Cottage, Stapleford. Formerly 3907, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Grave VIII. E. 3.

COX

Sidney Ephraim

Pte, 326816, 12th Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 25th November 1917. Enlisted Cambridge. Formerly 4570 Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried Hermies British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

DEAN

Sidney

Corporal M2/153735 MotorTransport, Royal Army Service Corps who died on Friday, 16th January 1920. Age 29. Son of Elbourne & Mary Ann Dean, of Stapleford. Stapleford Cemetery. Grave A. 31.

ELBOURNE

Ellum George

Pte, 24896, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 18th August 1916 aged 30 years. Born Stapleford where he was employed as a land worker, enlisted Great Shelford. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Died in an action in Cochrane Alley east of Maltz Horn Farm in the early morning of the 18th. One of his brother’s serving with the 11th Suffolks at Bazentin Le Petit found his body lying in the trench but was ordered back into the line and the body was lost and never recovered. Brother of Richard Elbourne (See below) and youngest son of Robert and Anne Elbourn 62, Barr Lane, Stapleford. His name together with that of his brother is inscribed in his parents gravestone in Stapleford extension cemetery.

ELBOURNE

Richard John

Pte, 27281, 7th Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 13th November 1916 aged 40 years. Born and resident Stapleford where he was employed as a land worker, enlisted Great Shelford. Buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Somme, France. On 13th November 1916 Richards Battalion was a part of 190 Brigade attached to the 63rd (Royal Navy) Division. On the date of his death he was fighting on the right of the river Ancre just north of Hamel. Their task was to storm and capture Beaucourt Railway Station. At 6.30 a.m. 190 Brigade was told to advance but the 7th Fusiliers with the Bedford’s became held up in the enemy front line trenches. At some stage of this fighting Richard was killed. He is buried in the area where he was killed as the cemetery is located in what was no mans land in November 1916. Eldest son of Robert and Anne Elbourne, 62 Barr Lane, Stapleford. One of 3 sons who served in the Great war and the elder brother of Ellum Elbourne (see above). His name together with that of his brother is inscribed on his parents gravestone in Stapleford village extension cemetery.

HALL John Pte, 3499, 1st Bt. Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds 3rd June 1916, age 40. Enlisted Cambridge. Husband of H. M. Hall, of Gogmagog Cottage, Stapleford, Cambridge. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.
HAWES

Frederick Maxwell

2nd Lt, Royal Flying Corps/Royal Garrison Artillery. Died Friday 14th September 1917, age 18. Son of Frederick William & Theophila Anne Frances Hawes, of Lydgate House, Hunstanton, Norfolk. Educated at Lydgate House, Hunstanton, Norfolk, and Marlborough College, Wilts. Born at Ely. Buried in Stapleford (St Andrew) Churchyard in North-East corner. "Airmen Died..." gives his middle name as "Mansell". Killed in a flying accident while in training as pilot at 56 (Training) Sqn., London Colney, flying a Spad S.7.

JENNINGS, MM

William

Corporal 325089, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 23rd September 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Stapleford, enlisted Sawston. Lived at Church St, Stapleford. Formerly 1163, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Listed in absent voters register for Cambridgeshire 1918. Awarded Military Medal. Buried in EPEHY WOOD FARM CEMETERY, EPEHY, Somme, France. Grave I. A. 14. [The war memorial states he died 1918 and this is reflected here. The Soldiers Died in the Great War CD says William d 23-9-16, as does CWGC. However, the fact he is buried at Epehy Wood Farm Cem tells us the date is wrong. It should be 1918. This would also be the reason why he is in the Absent Voters register for 1918 and why the memorial states this date/]

MADDISON

Brian Armitage

Sub-Lieutenant H.M.S. Simoon, Royal Naval Reserve who died on Tuesday, 23rd January 1917. Son of Mr A Maddison. Buried in Dover (St James) Churchyard, Kent. Grave N. W. 2.

MADDISON

Colin Arthur

Private 477564 Royal Canadian Regiment who died on Tuesday, 25th April 1916. Age 23. Son of Arthur & Helen Maddison, of Stapleford. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium.

PAYNE

Reginald Percy

Able Seaman J/57260 H.M.S. "North Star.", Royal Navy who died on Tuesday, 23rd April 1918. Age 22. Son of Henry & Mary Ann Payne, Bridge Cottage, Stapleford. Buried in Oostende New Communal Cemetery, Oostende, Belgium.

RIDER

Harry

Pte, 20150, 11th Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 20th October 1917. Born Stapleford, enlisted Cambridge. Buried in Cement House Cemetery, Langemarck, Belgium.

SKIPPER

Joseph Allen

L/Cpl, 84481, 203rd (Cambs) Field Coy, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 27th July 1916, age 23. Son of Harry & Annie Skipper, Dolphin House, London Rd, Stapleford. Born Burnley, Lancs., enlisted Cambridge, resident Stapleford. Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

THAKE

Frederick William

Pte, 9332, 7th Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 17th October 1915. Born Abington, enlisted Cambridge. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

TOWERS

Grantham

Fligth Sub-Lt, Royal Naval Air Service. Died 17th November 1917. Son of Robert Mason Towers & Edith Florence Towers, Petworth, Sussex. Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery, Hants.

WHITE

Alex Peter

Rfn, 1/5th King's Liverpool Regiment. Killed in action 20th September 1917, age 32. Born Guilden Morden, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Stapleford. Husband of Bertha Mary White, of Stapleford. Formerly 19842, Suffolk Regiment. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

"GOD PROVED THEN &
FOUND THEN WORTHY FOR HIMSELF"

WORLD WAR II

THIS LYCH GATE WAS ERECTED
AS AN THANKSGIVING
TO GOD FOR OUR DELIVERANCE
AND IN GRATEFUL
MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES IN
THE SECOND WORLD WAR
1939-1945
MAKE THEN TO BE NUMBERED
WITH THY
SAINTS IN GLORY EVERLASTING

BEADLE, GM

John Edmund Townsend

Chief Petty Officer C/J42261 H.M.S. Eaglet, Royal Navy who died on Wednesday, 7th May 1941. Age 41. Son of John Edmund and Florence Beadle; husband of Clara Beadle, of Herne Hill, London. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 85.

BERRY

Frederick Reginald

Flight Lieutenant 154518 Air Bomber 115 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Thursday, 21st February 1946. Age 21. Son of Augustus Jack and Alice Berry; husband of Doris Berry of Cambridge. Buried in Stapleford Cemetery. Row A. Grave 56.

BIGGS

Sidney George

Private 5933200 1st Bn., Cambridgeshire Regiment who died on Friday, 19th May 1944. Prisoner of war. Born 25th May 1914. Suffering from severe Beri Beri (lack of vitamin B) he lost a leg. He was employed by the Council on roads and bridges before joining the army. Second of four sons and two daughters of Edward Arthur Biggs and Lily Ann Biggs (nee Hopwood) of Church Street, Stapleford, Cambs (probably number 6). Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Grave 9. L. 4. See also Sawston Memorial

DEAN

Hubert James

Aircraftman 1st Class 1635204 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Friday, 7th January 1944. Age 36. Son of John James Dean and Sarah Ann Dean; husband of Peggy Beatrice Eleanor Dean, of Great Shelford. Buried in KARACHI WAR CEMETERY, Pakistan. Grave 10. C. 6.

FROST

John Lionel

Private 5830048 5th Bn., Green Howards (Yorkshire Regt.) who died on Thursday, 14th August 1947. Age 29. Son of William Cushi Frost and Blanche Frost, of Stapleford. Buried in Stapleford Cemetery. Row A. Grave 57.

HOPPITT

Walter Gordon

[Also spelt HOPPIT] Gunner 1483564 7/4 Maritime Regt., Royal Artillery who died on Wednesday, 15th October 1941. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 62, Column 3.
JELLIS

Sidney Gordon

Flight Sergeant 1188062 14 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Sunday, 27th June 1943. Age 29. Son of Lewis Fortescue Jellis and Phyllis Ivy Jellis, of Stapleford. Commemorated on MALTA MEMORIAL, Malta. Panel 7, Column 2.

MOULE

Alfred Henry Thomas

[CWGC lists as Henry Alfred Thomas MOULE] Private 5933503 1st Bn., Cambridgeshire Regiment who died on Tuesday, 12th September 1944. Age 27. Son of Henry Moule, and of O. Moule, of Stapleford. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 6.

SADLER

Frederick Elliston

Signalman 2358051 Royal Corps of Signals who died on Sunday, 22nd July 1945. Age 36. Son of William and Kate Sadler; husband of Olive Elizabeth Sadler, of Shelford. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 45.

SPEED

Ernest Charles William

Gunner 1531785 5 Bty., 2 Lt. A.A. Regt., Royal Artillery who died on Saturday, 20th June 1942. Age 28. Son of Ernest Stanley Speed and Maud Speed, of Stapleford. Buried in TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY, Libya. Grave 1. E. 22.

SPEED

Frederick [John] William

Private 5828959 2nd Bn., Cambridgeshire Regiment who died on Friday, 6th February 1942. Age 24. Son of Frederick John and Minnie Elizabeth Speed, of Stapleford. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 60.

STEELE

Adam John Rivers

Captain 58157 Oxford. and Bucks Light Infantry who died on Tuesday, 28th May 1940. Age 28. Son of Maj. A. R. Steele, and of H. Steele, of Great Shelford. Buried in COMINES (KOMEN) COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Grave 35.

Last updated 27 March, 2007

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