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Detaild World War 1 and 2 information
Compiled and Copyright © Phil Curme 2000

The Swaffham Bulbeck memorial stands on the Stocks Green, between the two branches of the High Street within Swaffham Bulbeck.Swaffham Bulbeck and takes the form of a Celtic cross mounted on a tapered plinth with a two-stepped base. There are fifteen names listed for World War 1 and three names for World War 2. The memorial was built by by Messrs. Goddard of Bury St Edmunds and H. & F. Stevens of Swaffham Bulbeck. The memorial was unveiled on 16 January 1921, with dedication by Frederic Henry Chase, Bishop of Ely. Costs were met through public funding. It is listed as a Garde II Listed Building. It was cleaned and reapired in 2010 with a grant from the War Memorials Trust.

Photographs copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2016
In honoured memory of parishioners
who fell in the Great War 1914-1918.

These names were taken from the photograph which suffers in clarity. If you know any of these names are incorrect or have details please contact us. There is also a Roll of Honour in the church, these entries are a collation of both sets of information.


Alfred Manning
Serjeant 7953, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 3 May 1917. Aged 31. Born and resident Swaffham Bulbeck, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Reuben Bareford, of Swaffham, Bulbeck, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.
Arthur George
probably Arthur George Brown, Sapper 22200, 422nd Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action Tuesday, 31 July 1917 in France and Flanders. Born Ipswich, Suffolk, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 9.
Henry George
[Listed as George Henry BUTLER on SDGW] Lance Corporal 7713, 1st Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (North Staffordshire Regiment). Died of wounds Sunday, 25 June 1916. Aged 28. Born Swaffham, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Charles J. and Sarah Butler, of Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridge. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 106.

Extract from Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 7 July 1916, page 4:

Swaffham Bulbeck Man Dead.

The sad tidings have reach Swaffham Bulbeck of the death Lance-Corpl. Henry George Butler, of the North Staffords, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Butler, of this village. He joined the Army in October, 1914, and rejoined his old regiment on the memorable August Bank Holiday of 1914. On two occasions he has been home on leave.

About seven weeks ago he was severely wounded in the head, and was taken base hospital at Boulogne. After a critical operation, some hopes were entertained of his recovery. His brother, Charles Butler, visited him at the hospital, and, although speechless, the wounded man recognised his brother, and made signs for him to take a flashlight which he had carried on the battlefield, and which had been pierced by a bullet. It is gratifying to the bereaved parents and others to hear how splendidly the work of the hospital is carried on, and how devotedly the doctors and nurses work for the alleviation of the suffering and the wounded.

Lance-Corpl. Butler passed away on the 25th June, and was buried in the cemetery near the hospital, where many of our brave soldiers have been laid to rest, having so nobly given their lives for their country. Lance-Corpl. Butler was first-class signaller. He was a great favourite in his regiment, where he will be greatly missed.

Mr. and Mrs. Butler wish to thank all kind friends for their expressions of sympathy in their great sorrow.

Owen James
Second Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 16 October 1918. Aged 20. Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Butler, of Archer's Farm, Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambs. Buried on the South side of main path in AUBY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France.
Arthur Elias
Private 44679, 19th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 23 April 1917 in France and Flanders. Born and resident Swaffham Bulbeck, enlisted Newmarket, Suffolk. Formerly 34641, Royal Fusiliers. Buried in WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row F. Grave 32.
George N
Private 9905 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds on Thursday, 7 December 1916. Born Little Swaffham, enlisted Cambridge, resident Trumpington. Buried in WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 10.
Private, 20471, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action on Monday, 3 July 1916. Aged 26. Born Bristol, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Nathan Fordham of Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
Arthur John
Private 71974 1st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action on Tuesday, 31 July 1917. Born Swaffham, Cambs, enlisted Newmarket, Suffolk, resident Islington, Middlesex. Buried in HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row K. Grave 17.
Bombardier 21077, 35th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action on Monday, 1 April 1918. Aged 31. Born Bottisham, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Emily and William Lawrence, of Long Meadow, Bottisham Lode, Cambs. Buried in LOUVENCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 32.
Albert Edward
Lance Corporal 16567, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action on Saturday, 1 July 1916. Aged 23. Born Ashdon, Essex, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Mr. C. Pearman, of Chalk Farm, Bottisham, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A
Gunner 82995, "A" Battery, 94th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action on Monday, 18 September 1916. Aged 21. Born and enlisted Cambridge. Son of Albert and Elizabeth Peters, of Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 A and 8 A.
Lance Corporal 975, 25th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action 10 June 1918. Aged 31. Born Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridge, England, Enlisted Pomona, Quuensland, Australia. Brother of Ethel Rolph of Wetheringsett Manor, Stowmarket. Son of Thomas and Sarah Elizabeth Rolph. Born at Swaffham, Cambs, England. Labourer by trade. Attested 12 January 1915. Served in Gallipoli from 3 November 1915, disembarked Alexandria 9 January 1916,joined B.E.F. 14 March 1916, disembarked Marseilles 19 March 1916. Suffered gunshot wounds to left shoulder10 August 1916, admitted Chatham Hospital with gunshot wounds 12 August 1916. Discharged 20 October 1916, Embarked Le Havre France 17 May 1918. Rejoined battalion 25 May 1918. Height 5 feet 8½ inches, chest35-38 inches, fair complexion, blue grey eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated on VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL, Somme, France.
Edward Thomas
Private 320906, 15th Battallion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds on, Sunday, 29 September 1918. Born Swaffham, enlisted Newmarket. Formerly 47561, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section S. Plot II. Row E. Grave 2.
Private 24766, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action on Thursday, 26 April 1917. Born Swaffham Bulbeck, enlisted Newmarket. No known grave. Commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.
Alfred John
Private 28790, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action on Wednesday, 2 October 1918.Born and resident Swaffham, Cambs, enlisted Brockenhurst, Hampshire. Formerly, 203103, Dorsetshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 88 to 90 and 162
James William
No further details currently.
Terence George
Private, 2188361, 46 Company, Aux. Mil., Pioneer Corps. Died Monday, 17 June 1940. Aged 22. Son of Harold and Thurza Butler, of Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire. Buried in PORNIC WAR CEMETERY, Loire-Atlantique, France. Special Memorial Plot 1. Row C. Grave 8.
John Stephen
[Stephen John Victor Frank on CWGC] Aircraftman 2nd Class 1474439, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23 February 1945. Aged 43. Son of Stephen and Elizabeth Waters; husband of Pearl Waters, of Swaffham Bulbeck. Buried in SWAFFHAM BULBECK CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Plot/Row/Section S. Grave 2.

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

John William
No further details currently.

Last updated 29 January, 2022

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