War 1 and 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Dave Edwards & Cliff
are recorded on a simple framed, illuminated, scroll within the St Peters
Church, Church Road, Wentworth. Supplementary information has been extracted
from CWGC records where possible. There are three names for World War
1 and happily none for World War 2.
died for England 1914 - 1918
Sergeant 849, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment.
Killed in action 21 March 1915. Born Witcham, enlisted Sutton. No
known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper,
West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50 and 52.
it is stated he died 21 March 1915 according to CWGC but more likely
13 March 1915, see below.
was assistant overseer for Wentworth and his mother, Mrs Purrell,
lived in Witcham. He was a pre-war Territorial with H (Ely) company.
The Cambs. Times says he was buried in a trench through the bursting
of a shell. Capt. Keenlyside wrote to his mother and stated that
Sgt Purell (note spelling) went up to the trench with a regular
Regiment, (this was the 2nd Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry),
to gain experience on evening of March 13th. About 5.15pm the trench
he was in was bombarded heavily and had to be evacuated. His trench
and those on either side were captured by the enemy. It is not known
whether he was taken prisoner or killed. There is no record of Purell
ever being taken prisoner and subsequently dying.
listed on Witcham War Memorial
6th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry).
Died of wounds 10 May 1917. Aged 27. Born and resident Witchford,
enlisted Ely. Son of Robert and Alice Parsons Taylor, of Witchford,
Ely, Cambs. Formerly
G/123167, East Surrey Regiment. Buried in LONDON CEMETERY, NEUVILLE-VITASSE,
Pas de Calais, France. Plot
I. Row B. Grave 23. See also Witchford
Corporal 29874, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire
Regiment). Killed in action 18 October 1916. Born and resident Witchford,
enlisted Ely. Son of John Youngs, of Witchford Rd., Wentworth, Ely,
Cambs. Formerly 15883, Suffolk Regiment. In 1911 census John Robert
YOUNGS is the son of John & Charlotte Youngs, single, Agricultural
Labourr, aged 23, born Wentworth, resident Witchford, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
in WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.
Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 13. See also Witchford
Note: John Young in Cambridgeshire Times 8 December
1916. But he is Youngs on CWGC, Young on SDGW and Young on Wentworth,
but YOUNGS on Witchford; the 1911 census states he is YOUNGS.
World War 1939 - 1945
Praise be to God.
20 January, 2012