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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. Photograph in the Ely Standard 15 September 1916. Article “Wilburton brothers killed and wounded” Ely Standard 15 September 1916. Married Marguerite Hovell 1922 Died in the Ely Registration District circa 1983.

ALSOP
William James
Private 15885, 11th (Cambs) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Born 1891 in 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. ”In Memoriam” death notice, Ely Standard 15 September 1916. Buried in Bapaume Post Military Cemetery, Albert, Somme, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 8.
  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 4th August 1914 , 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. 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. 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. Farmer/fruit grower by trade. In the 1911 census he was aged 24, a general labourer, born Wilburton, resident with his grandparents, James and Edith Everitt, in Carpon Lane, Wilburton.
  FOSDIKE
Sydney [Lewis]
 
Born 1880. In the 1891 census he was aged 11, born Cambridgeshire, a scholar, son of Frederick C and Lydia Fosdike resident Main Street, Coveney, Ely, Cambridgeshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 21, a boarder, born Ely, unmarried, a RailWay Clerk, resident Market Street, Fordham, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 31, born Ely, C ambridgeshire, a boarder, unmarried, a Railway Clerk with Great Eastern Railway (G.E.R.), resident New Road, Impington, Cambridgeshire. He was a Railway Clerk, aged 44, when he married Katharine Elizabeth Collingwood 26 January 1924 in Cambridge, Holy Trinity.
  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
 
In the 1901 census he was aged 12, born Ely, Cambridgeshire, son of William Frederick and Susanna Haylock, resident Duke of Wellington Tavern, Ely Trinity (Isle of Ely), Ely, Cambridgeshire. IN the 1911 census he was aged 22, born Ely, Cambridge, a Land Agent's Clerk, resident with his parents, William Frederick and Susan Haylock, at Newnham Street, Ely, Ely Trinity, Cambridgeshire. Served as 2629 in the 1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment and 3/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Enlisted 6 September 1914. Photograph taken after being posted back to UK due to wounds as Private; later served in Northamptonshire Regiment. Awarded Silver Badge (invalid) as Acting Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant 60584, Northamptonshire Regiment discharged 27th July 1919 under Para 392 (xvia) King's Regulation Sickness, badge no. 473554, 16th June 1920. 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 and Annie M Hopkin, New Road, Impington. He lived Wilburton Fen. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.) won in the trenches with the Scottish Borderers while attached to a trench mortar battery. 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. Grandson of Oliver and Sophia Hopkin of March. His letters have been published in "A Rendezvous With Death" by AJ Peacock (1986). Photo and medal article Ely Standard 7th July 1916. Wounded and treated at Leicester Hospital. Later there was a photo in Ely Standard 25th May 1917 when he was reported as “Missing” but he had died on9th April 1917 aged just 20. He had enlisted aged 16 and a half. No known grave. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4. See also March
  HUDSON

Leon

 
Born 31st January 1881. Served despite reserved status of blacksmith. In the 1881 census he was new born, born Wilburton, son of William and MAry Hudson, resident High Street, Wilburton, Ely, Cambridgeshire. In the 1891 census he was aged 10, born Cambridgeshire, a scholar, son of William E and Mary Hudson, resident High Street, Wilburton, Ely, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 Census he was aged 30, born Wilburton, a Travelling Flour Trader, boarding at 4, Willoughly Road, Hornsey N., Hornsey, Middlesex. Had to return to help in blacksmith’s forge due to increased orders. In the 1939 Register he was a Commercial Traveller, resident High Street, Ely R.D., Cambridgeshire. Died in the October to December Quarter 1939 in the Cambridge Registration District, aged 59.

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. Baptised 14 March 1900 in Wilburton, son of Henry and Emma Knight, of Wilburton, Ely, Cambs. Son of Henry and Emma Knight, of Wilburton, Ely, Cambs; brother of Walter (see below). 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. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 A 9 B and 10 B.
  KNIGHT
Walter Seymour
 
Born 5th January 1892. Baptised 14 March 1900 in Wilburton, son of Henry and Emma Knight, of Wilburton, Ely, Cambs; brother of Henry (see above). In the 1901 census he was aged 9, born Cambridgeshire, a scholar, son of Henry and Emma Knight, resident Farm House, Grunty Fen (Isle of Ely), Ely, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Grunty Fen, a Domstic gardenmer, son of Henry and Emma Knight, resident Mitchells Lane, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. Died October to December Quarter 1978 in Ely Registration District, Cambridgeshire.
  KNIGHT
W R
 
Probably William Edmund KNIGHT. Birth registered April to June Quarter 1890 in the Ely Registration District, Cambridgeshire. Baptised 14 March 1900 in Wilburton, son of Henry and Emma Knight, of Wilburton, Ely, Cambs. In the 1901 census he was aged 11, born Stretham, Cambridgeshire, son of Henry and Emma Knight, resident Mitchells Lane, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire.
  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. Demobbed 23 October 1919.

  MORTON
James Clifford
 
Born 1895 in Benwick. Despatch Rider and Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. In the 1911 census he is aged 16, born Benwick, a farmer's son working on the farm, resident with his parents John Joseph and Sarah Elizabeth Morton on Austrailia Farm, Wilburton Fen, Ely, Cambridgeshire. Awarded Military Medal for “Bravery in the field”. Fought in all the major battles; Somme, Ypres, Arras, Cambrai and Mons.

PELL
Albert Julian

Major, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28th August 1916. Aged 52. (Officers died in Great War gives him as 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.) 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. Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. Chairman of Isle of Ely Quarter Sessions. Gazetted to General Staff, 1914. Served as divisional musketry instructor, Northern Area, Western Command. Member of old Cambs Militia. Gazetted to General Staff 1914. In the 1911 census he was aged 47, born Ickenham, Middlesex, living by Private Means, married to Catherine Marion Pell, resident The Manor, Wilburton, Ely, Cambridgeshire. Died Tattenhall, Cheshire. Ashes in a private chapel in an urn, in Wilburton (St. Peter) Churchyard, Cambridgeshire.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 4, page 155:

PELL, ALBERT JULIAN, Major, 4th (Territorial) Battn. (Cambs Militia) The Suffolk Regt., appointed Divisional Musketry Officer, Western Command, Jan. 1916; eldest s. of the late Rev. Henry Beauchamp St. John Pell, Rector of Ickenham, co. Middlesex, by his wife, Caroline Maria, dau. of the late Edward Tyndall, R.N.; b. at Ickenham Rectory, 19 Nov. 1863; educ. Winchester School, and Merton College, Oxford, taking his B.A. degree in 1886; was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn, 1890; on the death of his uncle, Claude Pell, D.L., J.P., in 1891, he went to reside at Wilburton Manor, Isle of Ely, and tcok an active part in the social and public life of the Isle and county of Cambridge, and was also a Magistrate, and in July, 1907, was elected Chairman of the Isle of Ely Quarter Sessions, and was Vice-Chairman of the Isle of Ely County Council; joined the Suffolk Regt. as 2nd Lieut. in 1883; promoted Capt. in 1890, and Hon. Major in 1898; on the formation of the Territorial Force he was made Vice-Chairman of the Cambridge and Isle of Ely Association. He was appointed a Deputy Lieut. of the county 8 Feb. 1893. On the outbreak of war he qualified at Bisley as Musketry Instructor; was gazetted Brigade Major of the General Staff in July, 1915, and died at Tattenhall, near Chester, 28 Aug. 1916, of cerebral haemorrhage, while on service. He m. at St. Peter's Church, Thurston, co. Suffolk, 17 June, 1897, Catherine Marion, 3rd dau. of Sir Walter Greene, of Nether Hall, Bury St. Edmunds, Bart., and had two daus.: Angela Lilian Adelaide, b. 29 Sept. 1899, and Barbara Katharine, b. 16 Oct. 1903.

Extract from Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 19 October 1917, page 6:

THE LATE MAJOR PELL.
Ashes Deposited at Wilburton Parish Church.
ADDRESS BY THE BISHOP.

A special memorial service the. memory of Major A. J. Pell was held Wilburton Church on Sunday afternoon, when the Bishop OF Ely was present and officiated at the deposition of the urn of ashes in the monumental niche just completed by Messrs. Rattee and Kett, of Cambridge. The monument has been built in the wall of the transept, and the inscription is as follows:

“Sacred the memory of Albert Julian Pell. J.P., D.L.. Wilburton Manor. Hon. Major 4th Batt. Suffolk Rcgt.. attached to the General Staff during the Great War as Divisional Musketry Officer: Chairman of Quarter Sessions for the Isle of Ely. His life was one of untiring devotion to public duty in this county. He died at Tattenhall, Cheshire, whilst on military service, August 28th, 1916, aged 52. A man greatly beloved.”

Other monuments of members of the family adorn the wall of the transept, which, it may not be generally known, was built in in memory Sir Albert Pell, Kt., of Pinner Hall, and his wife.

In the presence of a very large congregation the service was conducted by the Vicar, the rev. J. Holford Scott, and among those noticed in the transept were Mrs. A. J. Pell and the Misses Pell. After the opening sentences of the burial service had been read, the hymn “Jesu, Lover of my soul” was sung, the organist being Mr. W. Norfolk. Prayer and special Psalms followed, and the first and second lessons were read the Rev. J. Holford Scott and the Rev. C'anon E. T. Marshall, vicar of Sutton, respectively. The hymn “For all the saints” came next, during the singing of which the Bishop, accompanied by the Vicar of Wilburton, proceeded to the monumental niche, where he read prayers from the Orders for the Burial of the Dead, committing the ashes of the late Major Pell “to this resting place.” After the hymn “For ever with the Lord,” the Bishop addressed the congregation from the pulpit, taking as his text “The hope of the gospel.”

His Lordship said that service was service of mingled sadness and hope, for it was memorial service for one who had passed away from all earthly scenes. The late Major Pell was a friend many, one who in that place, which was his only home, was known to them, revered, loved. He need not try to sum up picture of their friend They recalled him; they bore witness as he (the Bishop) could bear witness, how to a degree quite rare among them he gave a life of service to God, to the Church, and to the diocese, as he (his Lordship) knew full well. In these days, when laymen were claiming -and rightly claiming—their place in the government and life of the Church to far greater extent than was customary among our fathers and grandfathers, they had looked forward to his giving valuable help in the diocese and in Church.

Speaking of Major Pell’s services to the country, the Bishop said. “How much public responsibility and toil rested upon him: how long would his name, for example, remembered in the hospital in Cambridge, to which he gave many of his thoughts. And then service to his country, specially the last: giving, too, his strength—yea, and beyond his strength, his best to the service of his King and country. We recall him as one whom men trusted. From him men expected wise guidance and were not disappointed. He was a man strong in purpose generous and kindly: sincere, with rare kind of sincerity, and a God-fearing Christian. For such a man we thank God as we remember him in the presence God. believing that that life is not over, the fruit of that work not gathered for remember him in the great context of our Christian hope.”

The Bishop spoke with reference to life beyond the grave, and the final hope of the consummation of all things, and said there was a veil which we could not lift or peep through. Ignorance was part of our trial here. We must trust our Heavenly Father, be content, and hope in Him, sharing the hope of the gospel based on Christ. He quoted an old vertse of Richard Baxter's:

Mv knowledge of the life is small,
    The eye of faith dim;
It is enough that Christ knows all
    And shall be with Him.

"That is our Christian hope," said the Bishop in conclusion, "that is our hope of the gospel. God grant that in these days of life for us we may prove worthy of the hope.”

The hymn "Abide with me" was sung after the Bishop's address, and the service closed with the National Anthem.

PELL, DSO
Beauchamp Tyndall

Lieutenant-Colonel, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died 14th November 1914. Aged 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. Plot II. Row F. Grave 1.

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
R S W
 
No further information currently available
  PORTER
Dennis
 
Born 27 May 1881. Admitted to Earith British School, Huntingdonshire, 1889.  Baptised 25 March 1885 in Haddenham, son of Lucy and Robert Porter, of Hill Row, Haddenham. In the 1901 census he was aged 19, born Haddenham, a Bricklayer's Labourer, resident with his parents, Robert and Lucy Porter, in Hillrow, Haddenham (Isle of Ely), Cambridgeshire.

POTTER
William

Lance Sergeant 5447, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 12th May 1917. Born Cambridge, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. In the 1911 census he was aged 33, born Cambridge, married to Emily Jane, a Rural Postman, two children, resident Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. Buried in Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 33.

Extract from Cambridge Daily News - Thursday 7 June 1917, page 4:

WILBURTON

Official information has been received that Lance-Sergt. W. Potter, the Suffolk Regiment, was killed in action 12th May by a shell. Lance-Sergt. Potter came from Cambridge some seven years ago to reside here, filling the position postman. He had a genial word for all came in contact with, and was much respected in the district. At the outbreak of war he was called up to join his regiment, being a reservist the 2nd Suffolks. He leaves wife and two little children, for whom much sympathy felt. We print below a letter received by Mrs. W. Potter from the Captain the regiment: "I am very sorry have to tell you that your husband. No. 5447 Lance-Sergt. W. Potter ... has been killed in action 12th May by a shell. I am afraid this is very sad news for you, and it is a great loss to us. Yonr husband was a most useful N.C.O., and though he had not been with us again for very long, he had already proved his value to the'battalion. I afraid sympathy can be little use at the moment, but I should like you know how sorry we all are for this."

  SEPPINGS
George [T]
 
In the 1911 census he was aged 51, born Woking, Surrey, a Police Pensioner and Market Gardener, married to Emily, resident Florence House, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire.
  SEPPINGS
W
 
In the 1911 census he was aged 26, born Wentworth, Cambridgeshire, a Chauffeur, visiting george T Sepping at Florence House, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire.

SHARP
Sidney Charles
Lance Corporal 15879, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Born 4 February 1898 in Wentworth, enlisted Ely. Son of Mr Charles and Mrs Lucy SHARP who settled in Wilburton. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
  SHAW
A
 
No further information currently available
  SMITH
Cyril
 
In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Ely, Cambridgeshire, a Farm Labourer, resident with his aprents, Henry and Emily Smith, in Wilburton, Cambridgeshire.

SMITH
Henry [Harry] Alfred Robert
Private 242060, 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers, killed in action 11th April 1918. Born India, enlisted Ely, resident Wilburton. Formerly 7602, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 5. Also listed on Haddenham.
  SMITH
H S
 
No further information currently available
  SNEESBY
Bertram Joseph
 
Served as Seaman J57649, Vivid 1, Royal Navy, transferred to Special Trawler Reserve, Royal Naval Reserve 20 November 1916. Born 9 August 1898 in Ely, Cambridgeshire. Son of Mr James and Mrs Grace Sneesby of Twentypence Cottage, Wilburton, born in 1899, brother of George William (below) and John M (below). In the 1901 census he was aged 2, born Wilburton, resident with his parents, Joseph and Grace Helen Sneesby and his brother George William, at Spring Well Cottage, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Wilburton, at school, resident with his parents, Joseph and Grace Helen Sneesby and his brothers John Mark and George William, at Spring Well Cottage, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. A Clerk by trade. Enlisted 29 August 1916 for the duration of the hostilities, height 5 feet 4 inches, chest 37½ inches, auburn hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion. Died in January to March Quarter 1974 in the Ely Registration District.
  SNEESBY
George William
 
He served as Private 2nd Class F45118, Royal Naval Air Service then transferred to Royal Air Force, used as a Labourer. Born 17 December 1899 in Ely, Cambridgeshire. Son of Mr James and Mrs Grace Sneesby of Twentypence Cottage, Wilburton, born in 1900, brother of Bertram Joseph (above) and John Mark (below). In the 1901 census he was aged 1, born Wilburton, resident with his parents, Joseph and Grace Helen Sneesby and his brother Bertram Joseph, at Spring Well Cottage, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 11, born Wilburton, at school, resident with his parents, Joseph and Grace Helen Sneesby and his brothers Bertram Joseph and John Mark, at Spring Well Cottage, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. Enlisted 3 January 1918 for the duration of the hositilities, height 5 feet 8 inches, chest 34 inches, fair hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion.

SNEESBY
Harry Thomas aka Henry
Private 21326, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 3rd July 1916. Aged 38. Born Ely, enlisted Worcester. Birth registered in the October to December Quarter 1877 in the Ely Registration District. Son of the late Mr. James and Mrs. Hannah Sneesby, of Flanders House, Wilburton. In the 1891 census he was aged 13, born Cambridgeshire, a scholar, resident with his parents, James and hannah Sneesby, at Flanders House, High Street, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 23, born Haddenham, a Basket Maker, resident with his parents, James and hannah Sneesby, at Flanders House, High Street, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 33, born Haddenham, a Basket Maker, resident with his parents, James and Hannah Sneesby, at Flanders House, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
  SNEESBY
Henry Wyatt aka Harry
 
Private 65953, 105th Battalion, Training Reserve Battaion transferred to 379488, Labour Corps. Attested 20 November 1915 in Croydon, to Army Reserve 21 November 1915, 22 January 1916 relegated to reserve, remobilised 6 June 1917, aged 21 years 7 months, resident 102 Windmill Road, Croydon, an Insurance Clerk, unmarried, height 5 feet 5½ inches, weight 110lbs (8 stone), chest 32-33½ inches. Address later given as 53 Limes Road, West Croydon, Surrey. Born 5 February 1894. in the Ely Registration District. Son of Joseph Sneesby, of Springwell Cottage, Wilburton, Ely, Cambridgeshire. Religious denomination Baptist. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Wilburton, Cambridgeshire, an Insurance Clerk, a nephew, resident 102 Windmill Road, Croydon, Surrey. Died April to June Quarter 1976 in Croydon, Surrey.
  SNEESBY
John Mark
 
Private 40270, Suffolk Regiment transferred to Private 25224, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Born 28 June 1896. Son of Mr James and Mrs Grace Sneesby of Twentypence Cottage, Wilburton, born in 1897, brother of George William (above) and Bertram Joseph (above). In the 1901 census he was aged 4, born Wilburton, son of Joseph and Grace H Sneesby, resident Springwell Cottage, Wilburton (Isle of Ely), Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Wilburton, resident with his parents, Joseph and Grace Helen Sneesby and his brothers George William and Bertram Joseph, at Spring Well Cottage, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. In the 1939 Register he was a Fruit & Poultry Farming (Own Account), married to Violet L M Sneesby, resident Twenty Pence Road, Ely R.D., Cambridgeshire. Married married to Violet L M Hall in the October to Decmeber Quarter 1923 in Croydon Registration District, Surrey. Died in the October to December Quarter 1983 in the Ely Registration District.

STAPLEHURST
George
Private 41915, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 2nd September 1918. Born Horley, Surrey, enlisted Newmarket. In the 1891 census he was newborn, born Surrey, visiting George and Sarah Sharp with his parents, George and Shelsmith Staplehurst, at High Street, Wilburton, Ely, Cambridgeshire. In the 1901 census he was a grandson, aged 10, born Hawley (sic), Surrey, resident High Street, Wilburton (Isle of Ely), Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4.
  SULMAN
Arthur
 
Born circa 1893. Private 44002, Queen’s Regiment, later Labour Corps 72015. Son of James and Lizzie and brother of Fred b. 1897, Sidney b. 1899 and Ralph b. 1901 who also enlisted, aged 17, in 1918, but into the Navy. Arthur was listed as a Farm worker in the census. His Father, James was listed as a farmer and a publican but in 1911 as a dairyman, a coalman and the publican of the Bell Inn High St. His sisters were Ada b1895 and Clara b 1902 and he had a younger brother Ezra who was born 1905.
  SULMAN
C
 
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. Left school aged 14 to help his father by delivering coal from Wilburton station by horse and cart. 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 children, 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. After the war, despite his injuries, Fred helped to modernise Wilburton by working on the water supply, and the electricity supply and also helped to build the R.A.F. Hospital, Ely, (now Princess of Wales) He was gravedigger for Wilburton and 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 was wounded which was reported in Ely Standard 18 August 1916. He died in 1949, aged 53, prematurely, perhaps due to injuries sustained during the war and the effects of the chlorine gas on his lungs, buried 10 August 1949 in Wilburton, last address 4 Stretham Road, Wilburton.
  SULMAN
K
 
No further information currently available
  SULMAN
Sidney
 
Born 9 April 1900. In the 1901 census he was newborn, born Wilburton, son of James and Lizzie Sulman, resident Bell Inn, High Street, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 10, born Wilburton, at school, son of James and Lizzie Sulman, resident Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. In the 1939 Register he was an Agricultural Labourer resident with his parents, James and Lizzie Sulman, at Mill Field Lane, Ely R.D., Cambridgeshire. Enlisted 7 May 1918 at Bury St. Edmunds, aged 18 years 1 month, resident Wilburton, unmarried, 53rd Battalion, The Queens (West Surrey Regiment), then 6th Cyclist Battalion, Army Cyclist Corps from 12 May 1919. Demobilised and discharged 31 March 1920.
  WALLIS
A
 
No further information currently available
  WALLIS
G
 
No further information currently available
  WALLIS
John
 
In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Witchford, a Domestic Gardener, son of John H and Ethel Wallis, brother of Richard E (see below), resident Wilburton, Cambridgeshire.
  WALLIS
Richard E
 
In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Witchford, a Farm Labourer, son of John H and Ethel Wallis, brother of John (see above), resident Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. Enlisted 1914 (Ely Standard list of Wilburton volunteers 14 December 1914)
  WARREN
Alfred aka Alf
 
Private 6324, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Prisoner of War for 4 years. Son of Henry (a farmer) and Esther Warren. Served in the Home Guard in World War 2.
  WARREN
Cecil G
 
The Grange, Wilburton. Commissioned 13th 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. Born 26 December 1896, baptised 21 March 1897 In Wilburton. Eldest son of Herbert (a farm bailiff) and Emma Illiffe Warren, of The Grange, Wilburton. Commanded Ely Company, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regimentafter the war. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Wilburton, a Student, son of Herbert and Emma Illiffe Warren, resident Meadow View, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. In 1939 he was a Fruit Grocer, married to Winifred L Warren, resident "Wynestle," Church Lane, Ely R.D., Cambridgeshire. Died April to June Quarter 1965 in Cambridge Registration District.
  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
John [William]
 
Born 30 April 1898 in Witchford. Adopted son of William and Charlotte Taylor, Dog House Field, Wilburton. Baptised 30 May 1897 at Wentworth, resident of Witchford, son of Minnie. Admitted to Wentworth Middle Infants' School in 1 May 1900, last day of attendance 5 October 1908 when he left the village. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Witchford, at school, adopted son of William and Charlotte Sarah Taylor, of Dog House, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. Became a gardener after the war and lived at 4, Council Houses Stretham Rd. Home Guard in World War 2.
    1939-45
  KNIGHT
John Henry
Fusilier 14524361, 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 16 May 1944. Aged 20. Born 31 October 1923, and resident, Wilburton, Isle of Ely, bvaptised Wilburton 9 December 1923. Son of Walter Seymour Knight and Edith Knight, of Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. Buried in Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. Plot XII. Row D. Grave 2.
  PARTRIDGE
Leslie Thomas
Private 5830889, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War 7 August 1943. Aged 24. Born Cambridgeshire, resident Southend-on-Sea. Son of Henry and Henrietta Marion Partridge, of Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 56.
  VESSEY
Cyril Benjamin Markwell
Leading Aircraftman 1529632, 182 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 1 January 1945. Aged 23. Son of Benjamin and Minnie Vessey, of Wilburton, Cambridgeshire. buried: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, Netherlands. Plot KK. Grave 249.
    Not on either memorial
  FOSDIKE
Frederick Charles
Private 41756, Royal Defence Corps. Died Saturday, 11th January 1919. Aged 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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