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THORNEY - Roll of Honour

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Cliff Brown & Dave Edwards

The Thorney War Memorial is in the Abbey Church.

To the glory of God
and in ever grateful memory
of the men from the parish of Thorney
who gave their lives in the Great War
1914 - 1919.

Robert [William] BATTERBEE

Pte. 2nd Royal Marine Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry, died 26/4/1917, age 22, buried: Ste. Catherine British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Son of Robert & Harriett Jane Batterbee, Park Farm, Thorney. Native of West Winch, Norfolk.

Walter [Henry] BATTERBEE

Pte. 2nd Royal Marine Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry, died 13/11/1916, age 19, buried: Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France. Son of Robert & Harriett Jane Batterbee, 5 Council Houses, Thorney.

Frederick [James] BENTON

Pte. 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, died 5/5/1915 age 20, buried: NKG. Son of Mr & Mrs J Benton, Gas Lane, Thorney.


Pte. Suffolk Regiment, Labour Corps., died 2/1/1918, buried: Thorney Abbey churchyard.

Bertram Reginald BROWN

Pte. 56th Battalion Machine Gun Corps., died 27/9/1918, buried: Chapel Corner Cemetery, Sauchy-Lestree, Pas de Calais, France

Charles E BRIGGS

Lnc./ Bombadier, Royal Field Artillery, died pneumonia in India 4/11/1918, buried: NKG

George [E] CARTER

Pte. 9th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment), killed in action 28/7/1915, buried: Special memorial in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey. Born Thorney.

Graham Windyer CLAPHAM

2nd Lt. 71st Brg., Royal Field Artillery, (formerly 2nd King Edward’s Horse), died 10/5/1917, age 36, buried: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France. Son of the late Lawrence Clapham MRCS, LSA & Mrs Mary Frederica Clapham, Thorney. There is a family memorial in Thorney Abbey church.

Charles Henry CLARKE

Pte. 12th Battalion East Surrey Regiment, died 22/10/1918, age 19, buried: Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Harelbeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Son of George William & Ada Louisa Clarke, Corner Farm, Thorney Fen.

William COLE

Pte. 17149, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment who was killed in action 9-5-15. Born and enlisted Whittlesey. Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Also listed Whittlesey.

John COOK[E]

Pte. 3rd Bt Suffolk Regiment, died 17/6/1918, buried: Thorney Abbey churchyard.

Harry Johnson CRAYTHORN(E)

L/Cpl. G/18886, 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, who was killed in action on 10th July 1918, age 20, born Crayland, Lincs, enlisted Northampton. Buried: Cambrin Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Son of Robert and Florence Johnson Craythorn, 24 French Drove, Thorney

Charles Henry FENN

Pte. 3068, 2nd Battalion East Surrey Regiment, died 2/5/1915, age 21, buried: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Born Nassington, Northants, enlisted Peterborough, resident Whittlesey. Son of John Elijah and Mary Elizabeth Fenn, of 21, Orchard St., Whittlesey, Peterborough, Northants.

Harry Clarke FOREMAN

[Spelt FORMAN on CWGC] Gunner, 166315, 215th Heavy Bty., Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 11-9-17, age 36. Son of Martha Oliver, of 18, Elsley Rd., Lavender Hill, Battersea, London; husband of Harriet Rose Ann Osborne Forman, of 2, Littlesea Rd., Thorney, Peterborough. WIELTJE FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium


Possibly: Pte. Walter Fenton, 5th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales), formerly 4632 Cambridgeshire Regiment, who died of wounds 30/3/1918, age 23, buried: Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1, Somme, France. Son of Mrs. M. A. Fenton, of 16, Holdforth St., Wellington Rd., New Wortley, Leeds. Born Caister, Lincs, enlisted Bury St Edmunds (Leeds, York).

Sidney GALL

Pte, 235187, 8th Lincolnshire Regiment Killed in action 1-10-17, age 21. Born Fakenham, Norfolk, enlisted March, resident Wisbech. Son of Mrs E Ashton, Panswell Lane, Barton Rd, Wisbech. Formerly 2878 Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried: NKG, listed Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.


Pte. 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, died pneumonia at Ripon 2/11/1918, buried: Thorney Abbey churchyard.

James [William] GEDNEY

Pte. 11th Battalion Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), died 21/4/1918, age 38, buried: Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany. Son of Emma Gedney, The Checkers, Thorney.

Frederick Robert HADNAM

Pte. 1st/1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment, died 6/5/1915, age 23, buried: NKG. Son of Alfred and Betsy, Station Rd, Thorney.

Samuel HALES

L/Cpl. 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards, died 14/9/1916, age 20, buried: NKG. Son of Elizabeth Redhead (formerly Hales), of Hodney Bridge, Eye, and late Samuel Hales.


Pte. 11th Battalion Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), died of wounds 21/4/1918, buried: Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Son of Emma Johnson, of "The Checkers," Thorney, Cambs.

Thomas Arthur LILLEY

Pte. 1st/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts. And Derby) Regiment, died 1/7/1917, age 22, buried: NKG. Son of Robert & Sarah Frances Lilley, 18 Park Side, Thorney.

George Ernest LILLEY

Pte. 9th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, died 6/8/1917, age 23, buried: NKG. Son of Thomas & Esther Lilley, 59 Wisbech Rd, Thorney.


Pte. 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, died 28/4/1917, buried: Chile Trench Cemetery, Gavrelle, Pas de Calais, France

Frederick Levi MERCHANT

Pte. 22nd (Tyneside Scottish) Northumberland Fusiliers, died 21/3/1918, buried: NKG.

George William MORRIS

L/Sgt. 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, died 28/5/1917, age 27, buried: Sunken Road Cemetery, Boisleux-St. Marc, Pas de Calais, France. Son of John & Elizabeth Rose Morris, 79 Wisbech Rd, Thorney.

John William OLIVER

Pte. 4th Battalion Grenadier Guards, died 9/2/1917, buried: Sailly-Saillisel British Cemetery, Somme, France

John Edward PEACH

Pte. 1st/5th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, died 2/11/1917, buried: Gaza War Cemetery, Israel.


Pte. 8th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, died 3/10/1915, age 26, buried: Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Son of Edward John & Maria May Pipe.

Edward RUFF

Pte. 1st/5th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, died of malaria 5/10/1918, buried: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.]

Charles William SCOTT

Pte. 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, died 13/11/1916, age 19, buried: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Son of Walter Alexander & Ada Anne Scott, Oakham, Rutland. Nephew of Mr & Mrs Miles, Thorney Station.


Pte. 11th Battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), d 24/6/1917, age 25, buried: Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Son of Walter and Annie Scott, of Little Knoll Farm, Thorney, Cambs.


Possibly: Rfm. Ernest Joseph Sewell, 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade, died 9/8/1916, age 19, buried: Ferme-Oliverier Cemetery, Elverdinghe, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Son of Frederick and Sarah Jane Sewell, of Crowland.


possibly William Henry Shirley, Pte, 40028, 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment 27-11-17. Born Padbury, Oxfordshire, enlisted Northampton. Buried: NKG, listed Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.


No further information currently.


Pte. 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, Missing June 1918, Died of wounds 27-7-18 as a Prisoner of War, age 24, buried: Leuze Communal Cemetery, Leuze-en-Hainaut, Hainaut, Belgium. Son of Isaac and Sarah Ann Stapleton, 60 Wisbech Rd, Thorney.

Albert William SKIPP

Pte, 3/10084, 1st Bn Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 20-1-15. LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.


Possibly: 2nd Lt. Herbert Lowe Thacker, Army Service Corps., died 15/4/1917, buried: NKG

James Alexander Moncrief TOPHAM

Pte. 4th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment), d 12/6/1916, age 23, commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Only surviving son of Alexander J. Topham, of Te Puna, Tauranga, New Zealand. Grandson of late Mr Joseph Topham & Mrs Topham, of Thorney Park.

Percy [William] TOMPKINS

Pte. 50th Canadian Inf., (Alberta Regiment), died 7/1/1918, age 21, buried: Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Son of William James & Emily Tompkins, of Gladys, Alberta. Native of Thorney. Parents formerly lived at English Rd, Thorney.

George William THOMPSON

Pte. 1st/1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment, died 14/10/1918, buried: Point-Du-Jour Military Cemetery, Athies, Pas de Calais, France

Silas James THOMPSON

157808, Pte, 41st btn Machine Gun Corps. Died 1-11-18. Born Peterborough, enlisted Whittlesey. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium.

William Harlock WOOD

Pte. 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment, died 14/3/1915, buried: NKG


No further information currently.


No further information currently.

1939 - 1945

Henry Hugh LILLEY

Acting Sub Lt., Fleet Air Arm, HMS Saker, R.N.V.R., Died in plane crash in Plymouth, Massachusettes, 7-12-1943, age 21, buried: NKG. Son of Hugh & Elsie Lilley, of 12 Wisbech Rd, Thorney.

Lawrence Victor RYCROFT

Died 20th October 1946. Death certificate 319, March Registration District. Buried Thorney Abbey.

Percy Reginald CONSTABLE

Cpl. 211 Sqd. Royal Air Force, based Chiringa & Ranchi, Italy, using Beaufighters, died 13/11/1944, age 25, buried: Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia. Son of Percy and Daisy Annie Constable, of Thorney, Cambridgeshire.

Freeman Cecil JACKSON

[Listed as C G F JACKSON on memorial] Pte. 1st Bt. Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Reg., died 11/4/1939. One of five soldiers killed by a landmine explosion near Lydda, Palestine. [Source Cambridgeshire Times 14/4/1939]

John Charles Wilfred SMITH

Sgt. 51 Sqd. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, based Snaith, Yorks, using Halifax bombers, died 18/11/1944, age 19, buried: Crowland Abbey churchyard. Son of Walter Wilfred and Hannah Charlotte Smith, of Thorney, Cambridgeshire.

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


Probably: Arthur William CLAPHAM, Private, 4868955, 5th Bn., Hampshire Regiment, who died on Monday 7 February 1944, age 30. Buried: MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY Italy. Son of Arthur Henry and Annie Jane Clapham; husband of Edna Annie Clapham. Born and resident Cambridgeshire.


No further information currently.

James Albert SMITH

Lance Corporal, 5832248, H.Q. 242 Provost Coy., Corps of Military Police, who died on Sunday 18 June 1944, age 31. Buried: BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY Calvados, France. Son of George William and Mary Ann Smith; husband of Elsie May Smith, of Thorney, Cambridgeshire.

Anthony Arthur WHITTOME

Sgt. Bomb Aimer, R.A.F.V.R., d 23/4/1944, age 29, buried: THORNEY CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Son of Arthur Frank and Hilda Mary Whittome, husband of Freda Whittome of Castor, Northamptonshire.

20 October 2003

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