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WILLINGHAM WAR MEMORIAL

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

The Willingham war memorial stands in the grounds of St Mary and All Saints Church, Willingham, and takes the form of a Celtic cross mounted on a pedestal with a two-stepped base; the inscriptions are on the sides of the pedestal. There are 39 names listed for World War 1 and 7 for World War 2. The memorial was unveiled on 1 February 1920. In 2003 Private Stephen Lucas was added. There is also a stained glass window in the church of St Mary and All Saints with the inscription at the base "1914 - 1918 IN REMEMBRANCE 1939 - 1945"

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THIS CROSS WAS ERECTED IN
GRATEFUL AND HONORED MEMORY
OF THOSE FROM THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN
THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919

ASKEW
Fred Burdakin
Dvr, 93891, D Battery, 62nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. 29-1-18, age 23. Son of David Bicheno Askew & Millicent Askew, Westfield, Station Rd, Willingham. Willingham Cemetery, Cambs. Brother of below.
ASKEW
Harvey
Pte, 14419, B company, 11th Suffolk Regiment. 28-4-17, age 25. Son of David Bicheno Askew & Millicent Askew, Westfield, Station Rd, Willingham. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Brother of above.
BARKER
Thomas
Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Rgt). Pte G/18083. Enlisted BSE. Resident Willingham. Died 14/11/16. DOW. Formerly 2533, Suffolk Yeomanry. Aged 25. Son of William Thomas and Charlotte Barker of Willingham. Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine - Maritime.
COX
Ernest E.
Pte 13661, 11th Bn Suffolk Regiment. 34th.Div. Killed in action near La Boiselle 1/7/16. Born Willingham. Enlisted Cambridge. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21
ELLWOOD
James
Pte, 202179, 1/4th Suffolk Regiment. 23-4-17, age 21. Son of Harry & Minnie Ellwood, Lordship Terrace, Willingham. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
FEW
Frederick C.
Pte, 36563, 6th Royal Berkshire Regiment. (Princess Charlotte of Wales) killed in action on 11-8-1917, age 27. Son of Papworth Lingo Few & Harriet Few, Church St, Willingham. Born Histon, Cambs and enlisted Cambridge, resident Willingham. Formerly 4590, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.
FEW
Frederick W.
Able Seaman, R/1507, Hawke Btn, Royal Naval Division. 25-5-18. Son of Fred Few, Tower Cottages, Station Rd, Willingham. Englebelmer Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
FEW
Peter
Gnr, 111943, 47th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery. 24-2-17, age 32. So of Elijah & Elizabeth Few, of Willingham. Husband of Clara Elizabeth Jeaps (formerly Few) 21 Council Houses, Willingham. Willingham Cemetery, Cambs.
FEW
Richard
Pte, 2543, 4th Grenadier Guards. 27-4-18, age 34. Son of the late William Few, of Willingham. Husband of Ellen Pratt (formerly Few), of 9 Riley St, King's Rd, Chelsea, London. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
GADSBY
Frederick William
Pte. 10th Bt. Canadian Infantry (Alberta Reg.), d 27/9/1918, age 34, buried: HAYNECOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Son of Mrs Amelia Gadsby, Willingham , Cambs.
GARNER
John William
Gnr, 204939, Royal Garrison Artillery. 20-4-19, age 19. Son of James Garner, Willingham. Willingham Cemetery, Cambs.
GLEAVES
Ernest O.
Pte, 40326, 12th Suffolk Regiment. 22-3-18, age 31. Son of Edwin & Martha Gleaves, Vine House Willingham. Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
GLEAVES
Ronald Cecil
Private 644, 3rd Regiment, The South African Infantry, South African Brigade. Attached to the 9th Scottish Division Killed in action at Delville Wood 19th July 1916, aged 25. Next of kin unknown. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR 21
HART
Alfred
7th Bn, Beds Regiment. Born Willingham. Enlisted BSE. Resident Willingham. Died 27/9/16. KIA. Sergeant 43261. Formerly 8361, Suffolk Regiment. Aged 23. Son of Mary Elizabeth Hart of Silver St, Willingham. Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval.
HAYDEN
[B] Manoah
L/Cpl 10/714 Wellington Reg., New Zealand E.F., d 18/8/1915, age 31. buried: EAST MUDROS MILITARY CEMETERY, Lemnos, Greece. Son of William and Alice Hayden, of Willingham, Cambridge.
HAZEL
John W.
Pte, T/203047, 6th The Buffs (East Kent Rgt). 27-8-18, age 34. Nephew of Mrs S Bowen, Wisbech Rd, Littleport. Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.
HUCKELL
Walter William
Pte, 15702, 11th Suffolk Regiment. 17-7-16, age 22. Son of William & Mary Ann Huckell, Whites Path, Willingham. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
INGLE
Albert George
Pte, 265548, 14th Hampshire Regiment. 24-10-16, age 32. Son of George & Louisa Ingle, Church St, Willingham. Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme, France.
INGLE
William H.
possibly Pte, 202195, 1/4th Suffolk Regiment. 24-4-17. Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, Pas de Calais, France.
KING
Frank
4th Bn Suffolk Regiment. Pte 202197. Born Willingham. Enlisted BSE. KIA 23/4/17. Arras Memorial.
PRIDHAM
Charles
L/Cpl, 12593, 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment. 9-5-15, age 25. Son of Mrs Lois Jane King, Rampton Road, Willingham. Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. Borther of below.
PRIDHAM
Ernest Edwin
Pte, 13542, 11th Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1-7-16, age 18. Son of Lois Jane King (formerly Pridham), Rampton Rd, Willingham, & late Charles Pridham. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Brother of above.
POULTER, MM
Smith Stevens
Sgt, 13573, 11th Suffolk Rgt, Killed in action 1-7-16. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
PRATT
Charles
1st Bn, Queen's Own (Royal West Surrey Rgt). Born Willingham. Enlisted BSE. KIA 3/11/16. Pte G/13260. Thiepval Memorial.
RAVEN
Cornelius
Pte, 26481, 8th Suffolk Regiment. 12-7-18, age 35. Willingham Cemetery, Cambs.
RIGBY
John G.
Gunner 212029, No 4 Depot, Royal Field Artillery transferred to 601st Agricultural Company, The Labour Corps (523867). Died at home on the 16th March 1919, aged 30. Son of Frederick & Esther Rigby. Husband of Dorothy May Rigby, 3, Lordship Terrace, Willingham. Willingham Cemetery, Cambs.
SCARTH
Alan Edward
Capt, Indian Army Reserve of Officers, attached 53rd Sikhs, 22-4-17, age 21. Basra Memorial, Iraq.
SMITH
Charles Harry
7th Bn, Suffolk Regiment. Pte 47755. KIA 9/8/17. Arras Memorial.
SMITH
George
2nd Bn, Suffolk Regiment. Pte 15627. DOW 18/6/17. Aged 21. Son of Charles Smith of Schole Rd, Willingham. Husband of Susan Ann Winnup (Formerly Smith) of Tea Garden, Elm Low Rd, Wisbech. Faubourg D'Amiens Cametery, Arras.
SMITH
George
2nd Bn, Suffolk Regiment. Sergeant 8356. KIA 18/6/17. Born Willingham. Enlisted BSE. Aged 24. Son of the late Mrs Rosina Smith. Arras Memorial.
STAPLEHURST
George
possibly Pte 41915, 1st Norfolk Regiment. Born Horley, enlisted Newmarket. 2-9-18. Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
THODAY
Albert Eric
Second Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 3 May 1917. Aged 27. Son of Ingle Few Thoday, of The Vineyards, Willingham, Cambs. His brother Redvers V. Thoday also fell. Birth register in the January to March Quarter 1891 in the Ware Registration Dsitrict, Hertfordshire. In the 1901 census he is aged 10, son of Ingle F and Emily Thoday, at School, born Ware, Hertfordshire, resident High Street, Willingham. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3. See also Cambridge County High School and Cambridge Guildhall

Extract from England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 for Albert Eric Thoday:

THODAY Albert Eric of the Vineyards Willingham Cambridgeshire captain Royal Fusiliers died 3 May 1917 in France Administration (with Will) London 1 April (1919) to Emily Thoday (wife of Ingle Tew Thoday).
Effects £199 0s. 9d.

THODAY
Leban
L/Cpl, 3rd Regt, South African Infantry. 15-7-16. Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France.
THODAY
Redvers V.
Pte, 79881, 9th Royal Fusiliers. 24-11-181, age 18. Son of Ingle Few Thoday, The Vineyards, Willingham. Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany. Brother of Eric.
TIBBIT
Barker
L/Cpl, 13653, 11th Suffolk Regiment. 9-11-17. St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Brother of James Edward TIBBITT below.
TIBBITT
James Edward
Private, 18038, 2nd Bn, Suffolk Reg. d: Mar. 2, 1916 buried: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Eiper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 21. Brother of Barker TIBBITT above.
TURNER
Spencer Tate
Pte, 97019, 23rd Middlesex Regiment. 6-12-19, age 20. Son of William Spencer Turner, & Annie Turner, Church St, Willingham. Willingham Cemetery, Cambs.
WEBSTER
Fisher G.
1st Bn, Welsh Guards. Born Willingham. Enlisted BSE. Pte 3377. Died 1/12/17. Son of James Webster of Willingham. Husband of Emily Webster, of 28 Victoria Street, Ely. Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, Nord, France.
WILLIS
Dorothy Maud
Munition Worker. Died 7th July, 1916. Age 23. Daughter of George William and Mildred Hart, of High St., Willingham. Buried in Willingham Churchyard in the same grave as her sister Sarah Hart below.
Added to the memorial later
LUCAS
Stephen
Private 202235, 1st/1st Battalion, The Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died 22nd August 1918. Son of Jonah and Emma Lucas, Willingham, Cambridgeshire. Commemorated on Vis en Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais. His mother was to upset by his death and requested that his name not be included on the memorial.
Not on memorial but buried in the churchyard
HART
Sarah Frances Ruby
Member, Women's Royal Airforce, died 20/10/1919, age
19. Daughter of George William and Mildred Hart, of High St., Willingham. Buried in Willingham Churchyard in the same grave as her sister Dorothy Willis.
1939-45
BOLTON
Victor Pearce
Bdr, 940897, 135 (The Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Rgt, Royal Artillery. 23-6-43, age 24, Prisoner of War. Son of William John & Kate Bolton, of Willingham. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.
ELLWOOD
Dermot Ezra Read
Sgt, 745448, Pilot, 217 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, based St Eval, Cornwall & Carew Cheriton, Pembs, flew Beauforts. 13-5-41, age 20. Son of Arthur & Laura Ellwood, of Willingham. Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
ELLWOOD
Fredereick James
Able Seaman, D/JX 172000, HMS Landrail, Royal Navy. 26-9-45, age 26. Son of Arthur Crane Ellwood & Alice Maud Ellwood, of Willingham. Willingham Cemetery, Cambs.
GRANGER
Derek Stuart
Trooper, 7931704, 27th Lancers, Royal Armoured Corps. Died on 12-4-45, age 24. Son of Arthur George and Katherine Emily Granger, of Willingham, Cambridgeshire; husband of Ruth Eveline Granger, of Willingham. Faenza War Cemetery, Italy.
HUMPHREY
Muriel Christine
Sister, 274079, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service. 12-2-44. Brookwood Memorial, Surrey.
JEEPS
Laurence
Pte, 5933761, 2nd Cambridgeshire Rgt, Suffolk Regiment. 8-9-45, age 24, Prisoner of War. Son of Hubert & Clara Elizabeth Jeeps, of Willingham. Singapore Memorial, Singapore.
PEACOCK
Frederick Oswald
Pte, 5832412, 5th Suffolk Regiment. 26-7-43, age 30, Prisoner of War. Singapore Memorial, Singapore.
WILLIS
Dorothy Mary June Dorrie
Leading Aircraftwoman, 2107562, Women's Aux. Air Force, died on Tuesday, 9th July 1946. Age 21. Daughter of Harold Ernest and Kate Willis, of Leicester. LEICESTER (GILROES) CEMETERY, Leicestershire, United Kingdom.

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

GAUTREY
Maurice
Drv. Royal Army Service Corps, d 23/10/1946, age 35, buried: MUNSTER HEATH WAR CEMETERY, Germany. Son of Ezra and Anne Jane Gautrey; husband of Doris Gautrey, of Willingham, Cambridgeshire.
PLUCK
Arthur Douglas  
Pte. 2nd Bt. Cambridgeshire Reg., d 10/6/1943, age 25, buried: KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand.

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