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WILBURTON WAR MEMORIAL & ROLL OF HONOUR

Word War 1 and 2 - detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Dave Edwards & Cliff Brown

This Roll of Honour is in the south porch of Wilburton church and is in the form of a plain board with two arched recessed panels bearing the names. As it covers all those who served those denoted are those known to have died. The memorial was unveiled Sunday 3rd July 1921. Some photographs of the men kindly supplier by Sue Slack.

In gratitude to the following men
who served in the Great War
1914 – 1918.
Thanks be to God.

The War Memorial is a stone plaque inside the church.

Remember, O Lord, thy servants,
who, going forth from among us,
gave their lives in the Great War
1914 - 1919.

denotes the men appearing on both.

  ALSOP
Sidney
 
Born in the Ely Registration District circa 1896. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, born Haddenham, resident with his parents, James R and Harriet Alsop and siblings, at West End, Wilburton, Wilburton, Isle of Ely. Brother of William James (below). In the 1911 census he was aged 14, a bricklayer's labourer, born Haddenham, resident with his mother and father, James Rawton and Harriet Alsop, in Wilburton, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire. Married Marguerite M Hovell in 1922 in the Ely Registration District. Died in the Ely Registration District circa 1983.

ALSOP
William James
Private 15885, 11th (Cambs) Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Born Haddenham, enlisted Ely. In the 1901 census he was aged 10, born Haddenham, resident with his parents, James R and Harriet Alsop and siblings, at West End, Wilburton, Wilburton, Isle of Ely. Brother of Sidney (above). In the 1911 census he was aged 20, a working builder's son, born Haddenham, resident with his mother and father, James Rawton and Harriet Alsop, in Wilburton, Ise of Ely, Cambridgeshire. Buried in Bapaume Post Military Cemetery, Albert, Somme, France.
  CLEMENTS
Fred
 
In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Wilburton, resident with his parents Harry and Lizzie, and his siblings, at Keeper's House, Wilburton. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Wilburton, a farm labourer, resident with his parents Harry and Lizzie, and his siblings, at Breach Cottages, Wilburton.

CROFT
John Frederick Manners
[Listed as John Frederick CROFT on SDGW] Lance Corporal 917 [CWGC] or G/7 [SDGW & other sources], 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 13th October 1915. Aged 20. Born Wilburton circa 1895, enlisted Cantebury, Kent, resident Ashford, Kent. Son of Robert Manners Croft and Augusta Croft, of Cold Blow, Woodchurch, Ashford, Kent. Baptised 14 April 1885 at Wilburton, son of Robert Manners (gentleman) and Augusta Croft. Family memorial within the church. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Wilburton, resident with his parents, Robert M and Augusta Croft, and his siblings at Berristead House, Wilburton. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Wilburton, a boarder (learner), resident 54 and 55 Herbert Street, Hoxton N., Shoreditch, London. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 15 to 19.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 2, page 85:

CROFT, JOHN FREDERICK MANNERS, L.-Corpl., No. G. 7, 6th (Service) Battn. The Buffs (East Kent Regt.), only s. of Robert Manners Croft, of Ham Street, Ashford, co. Kent, by his wife, Augusta, dau. of the late Henry Halford Vaughan; b. Wilburton, Isle of Ely, 11 Feb. 1895 ; educ. Christ's Hospital, Horsham, and at St. Gall, Switzerland; enlisted 7 Aug. 1914, after the outbreak of war; went to France in June, and was killed in action between Hulluch and Vermelles 13 Oct. following. Buried where he fell; unm.

CUNDELL
Arthur
Private G/5222, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 4th August 1916. Born Wilburton, enlisted Southwark. Born 18 June 1881, baptised 12 February 1899 at St Barnabas, Cambridge, resident Wilburton, son of John and Ann Cundell (nee Savidge); his father was a farmer. In the 1891 census he was aged 11, a scholar, resident with his parents, John and Ann, and his siblings, in Twenty Pence Road, Wilburton. Entitled to the British War and Victory Medals. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 7 C.
  CUNDELL
Bernard [John] aka John
 
In the 1901 census he was aged 1, born Rushden, Northamptonshire, son of Henry and Alice J Cundell, resident High Street, Wilburton. In the 1911 census he was aged 11, born Rushden, Northamptonshire, at school, son of Henry and Alice Jane Cundell, resident Wilburton. Born 10 August 1899 in Wilburton. Enlisted in The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) April 1918. Married in the July to September Quarter 1924 to Elsie M Cornwell in the Chesterton Registration District. In the 1939 Register he is listed as born 10 August 1899, an agricultural worker, married to Elsie M, father of Derrick B, resident Twentylence Road, Ely R.D., Cambridgeshire. Died in 1982. Buried in Wilburton Cemetery.

War Service: Attested 23 May 1918 at Cambridge, aged 18, as Private 25772, 3rd Battalion, Buffs (East Kent Regiment), resident Wilburton. Son of Henry Cundell, of High Street, Wilburton. Left the Army in 16 February 1919. Farm Labourer, enlisted aged 18 years 8 months, height 5 feet 3¾ inches, weight 120 lbs, brown hair, fair complexion, grey-brown eyes, chest 35 inches. Posted to France 12 September 1918.

  EVERITT
Walter James
 
Baptised 30 January 1887 in Wilburton, son of Walter and Margaret Everitt; his father was a cattle dealer. In the 1891 census he was aged 4, born Wilburton, son of Walter and Margaret Everitt, brother of Horace; resident Station Road, Haddenham, Ely, Cambridgeshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 14, born Wilburton, resident with his grandparents, James and Edit Everitt, in High Street, Carpon Lane, Wilburton. In the 1911 census he was aged 24, a general labourer, born Wilburton, resident with his grandparents, James and Edit Everitt, in Carpon Lane, Wilburton.
  FOSDIKE
S
 
No further information currently available
  GODDARD
Charles [Foster]
 
In the 1891 census he was newborn, born Ilkeston, resident with his parents, Samuel and Sarah E Goddard, and siblings, at Albany Street, Ilkeston, Basford, Nottinghamshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 10, born Ilkeston, resident with his parnets, Samuel and Sarah E Goddard, and siblings, at 36, Albany Street, Ilkeston. In the 1911 census he was aged 20, born Ilkeston, Derbyshire, resident with his aunt, Valentine Eliza Wright, and cousins, in Wilburton, Ely, Cambridgeshire. In the 1939 Register he was born 17 June 1890, a Wheelwright & Undertaker, married to Margaret A, resident High Street, Ely R.D., Cambridgeshire.

Army Service: Enlisted 26 February 1916, aged 25 years 6 months, born Wilburton, as private G/30647, 1/3rd Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Posted for duty 28 June 1918 at Cambridge. Discharged and transferred to "Z" Reserve 19 February 1919. Suffered from Myalgia first occurring in Janaury 1919 in France.Trade Wheelright and Carpenter, height 5 feet 6¾ inches, chest 36 inches. resident Fern Cottage, Wilburton (with his parents).

  HAYLOCK
Woodbine
 
Served in the 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment and 3/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Photograph taken after being posted back to UK due to wounds as Private; later served in Northamptonshire Regiment. A keen Cyclist he is recorded on the Bedford Cyclist Touring Club site. He was one of the first elected officers of the Club, being elected Secretary. He was President from 1930-1949. Woodbine Haylock died in 1971 and a memorial fund was set up to purchase the Woodbine Haylock Memorial Trophy to be awarded annually for the best all round performance. The cost of the trophy was £20.76 plus engraving at £2.45.

Photograph Copyright © Haylock Family 2006

HOPKIN, MM
Oliver
[Listed as HOPKINS on SDGW] Lance Corporal 16336, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 9th April 1917. Aged 20. Born How, Norfolk, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Harry & Annie M Hopkin, New Rd, Impington. He lived Wilburton Fen. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Stow, Norfolk, resident with his parents, Harry and Anne, and his brother Jim, in West Head, Stow Bardolph, Downham, Norfolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, a farm labourer, born Stow, Norfolk, resident with his parents, Harry and Anne Mariah, and his siblings, at Mr Irelands Farm, Coldham, Wisbech. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

 

  HUDSON
L
 
No further information currently available

KIRBY
George
Private 33806, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 29th March 1917. Aged 38. Born Wilburton, enlisted Bedford, resident Chorley Wood, Hertfordshire. Son of James and Sarah Ann Kirby; husband of Kate Kirby, of 9, Capell Hamlet, Chorley Wood, Herts. Buried in Maroc British Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot I. Row P. Grave 30.

KNIGHT
Henry Charles
Lance Corporal 307696, 1st/8th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 27th August 1916. Aged 20. Enlisted Huntingdon, resident Wilburton. Son of Henry and Emma Knight, of Wilburton, Ely, Cambs. Formerly 1416, Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, Farm House, Grunty Fen, Grunty Fen, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire. born Grunty Fen, resident with his parents, Henry and Emma, and his siblings, in In the 1911 census he was aged 14, a farm labourer, born Grunty Fen, resident with his parents, Henry and Emma, and his siblings, in Mitchells Lane, Wilburton. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 A 9 B and 10 B.
  KNIGHT
Walter Seymour
 
Born 1900, baptised 14 March 1900 in Wilburton, son of Henry and Emma Knight.
  KNIGHT
W R
 
No further information currently available
  MARKWELL
George
 
Born 1889, baptised 8 May 1889 in Wilburton, son of Joseph and Mary Ann Markwell. In the 1891 census he is aged 2, born Wilburton, son of Joseph and Mary A Markwell, resident Mitchells Farm, Occupation Road, Wilburton. In the 1901 census he is aged 12, born Wilburton, son of Joseph and Mary A Markwell, resident High Street, Wilburton. In the 1911 census he is aged 22, a farm labourer, born Wilburton, resident with his widowed aunt, Ann Markwell, in Wilburton.
  MARKWELL
H J
 
No further information currently available
  MASKELL
Walter John
 
In the 1901 census he was aged 14, a farmer's son, born Wilburton, resident with his parents, Edward Henry and Susan Maskell, and his siblings, Kings Head Inn, High Street, Wilburton. In the 1911 census he was aged 24, born Wilburton, Farmer's son working on farm, resident with his parents, Edward H and Susan Maskell, and siblings, in Wilburton. In the 1939 Register he was born 27 September 1886, an agricultural tractor driver, married to Annie, resident Manor Farm Landbeach Road, Chesterton R.D., Cambridgeshire. Died in 1976.

Military Service: Born 1886 in Wilburton, married Annie Louisa Davis 16 September 1916 in St. John's Church, Deptford, they lived at 67 Lucas Street, Lewisham, his father Edward Henry Maskell, of King's Head, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. Attested 29 February 1916, aged 29 years 157 days, height 5 feet 2½ inches, chest 36 inches, occupation Steam Motor Driver. Private M2/223624, 21st Reception Park, Royal Army Service Corps. Demoobed 23 October 1919.

  MORTON
James Clifford
 
Born 1895. In the 1911 census he is aged 16, born Benwick, a farmer's son working on the farm, resident with his parents John Joseph ad Sarah Elizabeth Morton on Austrailia Farm Wilburton Fen, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

PELL
Albert Julian
Major, 9th Suffolk Regiment, 28th August 1916, age 52. (Officers died in Great War gives him as 4th Suffolk.) Elder son of the Rev Beauchamp H St John Pell, rector of Ickenham, Middlesex, and Mrs Pell. Husband of Catherine Marion Pell, 2 Onslow Square, South Kensington. Called to Bar from Lincoln's Inn 1890. Dep Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. Chairman of Isle of Ely Quarter Sessions. Gazetted to General Staff, 1914. Served as divisional musketry instructor, Northern Area, Western Command. Wilburton (St. Peter) Churchyard, Cambs. Died Tattenhall, Cheshire.

PELL, DSO
Beauchamp Tyndall
Lt-Col, The Queen's Royal WestSurrey Regiment, died 14th November 1914, age 48. Son of Rev Beauchamp H St John Pell & Julia C M Pell. Husband of Alice M Pell, The Rectory, Wilburton. Born Ickenham, Middlesex. Buried in Zantvoorde British Cem, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Awarded Distinguished Service Order. Born 6th July 1866. Family memorial in the porch of the church. Educated at Wellington College and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, where he gained distinction as an athlete. Gazetted 2nd Lieut. Queen's Regt 14th September 1887and Lieutenant on 7th May 1890. Dec 1890-Nov 1894 Adjutant, Queen's Regt. Served North-West Frontier of India 1897-8. Mentioned in despatches [London Gazette, 18th March 1898], received the medal and two clasps. He served in china in 1900 as ADC to Sir A Gaslee, 26th June 1900 to 20th July 1901; present at Relief of Peking, actions of Peitsang and Yangtsun. Again Mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette 14th May 1901], received the Medal with clasp. Created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette 25th July 1901] in recognition of services in Pekin[g]. The Insignia was privately sent to the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa 18th Jan. 1902 and presented in Pretoria. Served Aouth Africa, India, recieved Queen's Medal with five clasps 1902. Promoted to Major Sept. 1906. 1912 GSO3 at the War office advancing to 2nd Grade April 1913. Sept. 1914 suceeded to command of 1st battalion, Queen's Regiment. Only in command 1 month when reported wounded and missing. Found to be badly wounded at Gheluvelt, in the First Battle for Ypres, on the morning of 31st October 1914. Owing to heavey shellfire it was not possible to move him while it was daylight and he was subsequently captured in the afternoon by the Germans. Taken to the Field Hospital of the 15th Army Corps at Werwick, Belgium where he was operated on but died afterwards, 14th Nov. 1914.
  PERKINS
RSW
 
No further information currently available
  PORTER
D
 
No further information currently available

POTTER
William
L/Sgt, 5447, 2nd Suffolk Regiment, Killed in action 12th May 1917. Buried in Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Born Cambridge, enlisted Bury St Edmunds.
  SEPPINGS
C
 
No further information currently available
  SEPPINGS
W
 
No further information currently available

SHARP
Sidney Charles
15879, L/Cpl, 11th Suffolk Regiment, Killed in action 1st July 1916. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Born Wentworth, enlisted Ely.
  SHAW
A
 
No further information currently available
  SMITH
C
 
No further information currently available

SMITH
Henry [Harry] Alfred Robert
Private 242060, 1st Bt. King's Own Scottish Borderers, killed in action 11th April 1918. Born India, enlisted Ely, resident Wilburton. Formerly 7602, Suffolk Regiment. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Also listed on Haddenham.
  SMITH
H S
 
No further information currently available
  SNEESBY
B J
 
No further information currently available
  SNEESBY
G W
 
Son of Mr James and Mrs Grace Sneesby of Twentypence Cottage, Wilburton, born in 1899. He served in the Royal Naval Air Service.

SNEESBY
Harry (Henry) Thomas
Pte, 21326, 7th Suffolk Regiment, killed in action 3rd July 16. Born Ely, enlisted Worcester. Son of the late Mr. James and Mrs. Hannah Sneesby, of Flanders House, Wilburton. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
  SNEESBY
H W
 
No further information currently available
  SNEESBY
J M
 
No further information currently available

STAPLEHURST
George
Pte, 41915, 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment, killed in action 2nd September 1918. Born Horley, Surrey, enlisted Newmarket. Living Wilburton 1901, age 10, born Hawley, Surrey.Commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
  SULMAN
A
 
No further information currently available
  SULMAN
K
 
No further information currently available
  SULMAN
Fred
 
Birth registered in 1896 in the July to September Quarter in then Ely Registration District. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, born Wilburton, resident with his parents, James and Lizzie, and his siblings, at Bell Inn, High Street, Wilburton. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, working on farm, resident with his parents, James and Lizzie, and his siblings, at Wilburton. He married Sarah J Shingles in the October to December Quarter 1918 in the Ely Registration District. In the 1939 Register he was listed as born 12 July 1896, a general labourer, resident Stretham Road, Ely R.D., Cambridgeshire, with his wife Sarah and his two cildren, Hubert and Maurice He was cited in a World War II Civil Defence Gallantry Award for the rescue of an airman from a crashed aicraft at Willburton on 15 November 1941 at night. He was a Special Constable having served 4¼ years in 1941. He was a General Labourer at the British Sugar Corporation Factory in Ely, resident 4 Council Houses, WIlburton. At the end of World War 1 he served as Private 493925, Labour Corps formerly Private 15880, Suffolk Regiment. He died in 1949, aged 53, buried 10 August 1949 in Wilburton, last address 4 Stretham Road, Wilburton.
  SULMAN
C
 
No further information currently available
  SULMAN
S
 
No further information currently available
  WALLIS
A
 
No further information currently available
  WALLIS
G
 
No further information currently available
  WALLIS
J
 
No further information currently available
  WALLIS
R E
 
No further information currently available
  WARREN
A
 
Private, 6324, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Prisoner of War.
  WARREN
Cecil G
 
The Grange, Wilburton. Commissioned 13 May 1915 in Bedfordshire Regiment, Transferred from 9th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, to 4/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment, 8 December 1915. Also served 3/1st Cambs and transferred to 2/5th Suffolk 17 July 1917. Served on Western Front with 1/1st Cambs in 1918. Demobilised 16 April 1919. Eldest son of Mr & Mrs Herbert Warren, The Grange, Wilburton. Commanded Ely company of 1st Cambridgeshires after the war.
  WARREN
I
 
No further information currently available
  WATSON
John Martin
 
No further information currently available
  WATSON
P
 
No further information currently available
  WATSON
W T
 
No further information currently available
  WHETSTONE
J
 
No further information currently available
    1939-45
  KNIGHT
John Henry
Fus. 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment,), d 16/5/1944, age 20. Buried: Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. Son of Walter Seymour Knight and Edith Knight, of Wilburton, Cambridgeshire.
  PARTRIDGE
Leslie Thomas
Pte. 5th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, d 7/8/1943, age 24, commemorated: Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Son of Henry and Henrietta Marion Partridge, of Wilburton, Cambridgeshire.
  VESSEY
Cyril Benjamin Markwell
L/Aircraftman 182 Sqd., R.A.F.V.R., d 1/1/1945, age 23, buried: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, Netherlands. Son of Benjamin and Minnie Vessey, of Wilburton, Cambridgeshire.
    Not on either memorial
  FOSDIKE
Frederick Charles
Private 41756, Royal Defence Corps who died on Saturday, 11th January 1919. Age 47. Son of Frederick Charles Fosdike, of Wilburton, Isle of Ely, Cambs. Baptsied 3 March 1872 at Great Abington, son of Frederick Charles (a miller) and Amelia (nee Elllis) Fosdike. In the 1881 census he was aged 9, a scholar, born Stapleford, resident with his parents, Frederick and Amelia and siblings, at Annesdale, Ely Holy Trinity, Ely, Cambridgeshire. Buried in GREENWICH CEMETERY, London. Grave I "C." B. 1216.

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