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WIMBLINGTON WAR MEMORIAL

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

Wimblington war memorial is situated in the churchyard. It is made of white marble and is an obelisk with a statue of an angel standing on top. The angel is about 4 feet tall. Her right arm is raised and her left arm is by her side. In her left hand is a wreath made of laurel leaves. This was the first memorial in the UK to have a name erased from it; read about Percy Bush COX below.

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Detailed information exists for those who died in World War 1 and World War 2. The inscription reads as follows:

This stone is erected by the parishoners of Wimblington also the window and the tablets in the church and chapels in loving and reverent memory of the men from this parish who gave their lives for their country in The Great War 1914-1918

Greater love hath no man than this,
That a man lay down his life for his friends.

 

1914 – 1918

ADAMS

John

24069 Private, 8th Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 3-7-16, wounded 1-7-16. (CWGC 1-7-16), age 21. Son of Mrs E E Seekings, The Hook. Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

AVELING

Charles

432 Cpl, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 13-11-16, age 39. Fincham Farm, Stonea. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

BARNES

George W

48825 Private, 26th (Bankers) Royal Fusiliers. Died of wounds 29-9-17, age 32. Lived Stonea. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium.

BRADSHAW

John William

43916 Private, 12th Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 16-10-18, age 27. Husband of Emily Bradshaw, High Street. Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium.

BRADSHAW

Joseph

6805 Sgt, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 8-8-18, age 31. Husband of Edith Bradshaw, The Toll House. Dive Copse Cemetery, Sailly-le-Sec, Somme, France.

BRADSHAW

Thomas William

40128 Private, 9th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 21-10-18, age 25. Son of Mr W Bradshaw. Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau, France.

CUTTERIDGE

Alfred John

206378 Gunner, 20th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery. Killed in action Egypt 28-11-17, age 24. Son of John & Naomi Cutteridge, Wimblington. Husband of Fanny Elizabeth Cutteridge, High Street. Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel.

COX

Percy Bush

40114 Private, 7th Leicestershire Regiment. wounded 27-5-18, believed Killed in action . Son of Mr & Mrs W B Cox, Stonea. Cox was not killed as believed, but was using an alias and living in Sawston, Cambridge. He died in 1952.

THE TIMES - August 08, 2005

Soldier's name is purged from war dead memorial


THE name of a soldier who was found alive and well more than 20 years after being reported dead in the First World War is to be erased from a village war memorial.

It is believed that Private Percy Bush Cox will be the first soldier to have his name removed from a British war memorial after a ruling by the village authorities of Wimblington, Cambridgeshire.

His apparent death on the Western Front was followed by an extraordinary tale of survival that was to end in an alleged blackmailing and an attempted murder. Mr Cox disappeared from the 7th Leicestershire Regiment while serving on the Western Front in May 1918. In 1919 his family was told officially that he was presumed to have been killed.

In 1940, however, he was reunited with his father and siblings when he was found to be living just a few miles from the family home. The soldier claimed, according to his sister, that in 1918 he took the identity of a dead Australian soldier and took his place in an Australian Regiment. At the end of the war, he maintained, he was shipped to Australia, where he stayed until 1925, when he returned to Britain under the name Ernest Durham.

A local newspaper reported the family reunion in 1940 and has unearthed archive material indicating that Mr Cox visited Wimblington to look at his name on the war memorial.

Historians, however, believe that, having been badly wounded and gassed before his disappearance, Mr Cox deserted.

Brian Krill, who runs the Cambridgeshire branch of the War Memorials Trust, said: “The thing which we found most strange was the fact that he never tried to get in contact with his family, even when he was back in the UK.”

Amanda Carlin, a parish councillor in Wimblington who is researching Private Cox’s life, said: “It’s easy to say he was a cowar. But there must have been a compelling reason for him to abandon his identity.”

Wimblington parish councillors are not removing his name from the village war memorial in the churchyard on the grounds that he was a suspected deserter, they say, but in the interests of accuracy.

A further twist to Mr Cox’s disappearance came in 1954, when he shot and wounded his cleaner, Dorothy Piper, before killing himself with the same gun. At the inquest it was revealed that shortly before committing suicide he wrote notes suggesting that he was being blackmailed by the cleaner and her husband, George. Mr and Mrs Piper denied blackmail, though the inquest was told £2,000 had been withdrawn from Mr Cox’s account in the previous nine months.

DAVISON

John William

238026 Private, 4th Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 23-4-17. Son of Mr & Mrs J Davison, King Street. Arras Memorial, France.

FISHER

Herbert Alfred

58338 Private, 58th Coy, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action 11-4-18, age 33. Youngest son of George & Harriet Fisher, Eastwood End. Formerly G/10074 East Kent Regiment. Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette, France.

FISHER

Fred

325770 Private, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 26-9-17, age 22. Son of Mr & Mrs Joseph Fisher, The Hill. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

FOX

Stanley

3171 Private, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 14-10-16, age 19. Known as Johnny. Son of Mrs Sarah Jane Fox, The Hill. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

GOWLETT

Arthur Edward

A/200577 Rifleman, 18th (Arts & Crafts) King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 28-3-18. Lived Horsemoor Drove. Formerly 6211 Cambridgeshire Regiment. Arras Memorial.

HASSOCK

William Thomas

21984 Sgt, 118th Coy, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action 21-9-17, age 25. Formerly 3014 Cambridgeshire Regiment. Son of William & Lilian Hassock. Tyne Cot Memorial,Belgium.

JAMES

Thomas William

61358 Private, 10th (Stockbrokers) Royal Fusiliers. Died of wounds 5-5-17, age 27. Son of Thomas Bradshaw James & Mary Jane James, King Street. Formerly 23150 East Surrey Regiment. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

JONES

Horace William

22000 Private, 4th Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 25-9-16, age 18. Son of David & Frances Jones, King Street. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

LARHAM

George

8751 Private, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Captured Le Cateau 26-8-14. Died pleurisy, Padershom, Germany, PoW 15-12-14, age 20. Niedezwheren Cemetery, Germany.

MORTON

Tom

1679 Trooper, 1st Norfolk Yeomanry. Died jaundice 5-12-15. Son of Mr James Morton, The Hook. Ari Burnn Cemetery, Turkey.

NEVILLE

George

44009 Private, 9th Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 10-10-16, age 35. Fifth son of late Mr E Neville, Stonea. Formerly 4173 Suffolk Regiment. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

NORMAN

Arthur Selwyn Butcher

42065 Gunner, C Battery, 106th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 1-8-17, age 20. Buried Aeroplane Cemetery, Ieper.

PARR

James

8732 Private, 1st Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 23-4-15, age 22. Son of Edwin Parr, Horsemoor. Blauwepoort Farm Cemetery, Belgium.

PARKINSON

Thomas Graves

27726 Private, 7th Shropshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 21-8-18, age 20. Formerly 21515 Suffolk Regiment. Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France.

REDHEAD

John

G/43795 Private, 1st Middlesex Regiment. Died of wounds 29-10-16, age 23. Known as Jack. Youngest son of Tom & Sarah Redhead, Parkfield Lane. Grove Town Cemetery, Somme, France.

REYNOLDS

Reginald Vincent Hubert

161733 Cpl (dispatch rider), 14th Divisional Signal Coy, Royal Engineers. Died pneumonia, Mesopotamia 11-10-18. Known as Reg. Son of Joseph & Julia Reynolds, Hill House. Teheran War Cemetery, Iran.

SABERTON

Joseph

26742 Private, 11th (Cambs) Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 19-4-18, age 29. Lived County Cottage. Youngest son of Arthur and Annie Saberton. Buried Suffolk Cemetery, La Rolanderie Farm, Erquinghem-Lys, France.

 

 

Buried in churchyard

PRIOR

G

53609 Driver, 118th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. 15-10-19, age 32.

1939 – 1945

BROOK(E)S

James William

5932917, Private, CCompany, 2nd Btn. Cambridgeshire Rgt, Suffolk Regiment. , died at sea, 21 September 1944, age 33. Husband of Prudence Brooks, Russell Square, Wimblington. Singapore Memorial, Singapore.

BURTON

James Henry

5932674, Private, 2nd Btn. Cambridgeshire Rgt, Suffolk Rgt, 24-1-42, age 23, killed in action, in Malaya. Son of Harry & Florence Burton, of Church St, Wimblington. Singapore Memorial, Singapore.

CHESHIRE

Henry (Harry) William

1336708, Sgt, 83 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, based Wyton, Hunts, flew Lancasters. 18-6-43 Wimblington (St Peter) Churchyard.

DREW

William Edwin Stanaslaus

P/J 113174, Telegraphist, HM Submarine Thistle, Royal Navy. 14-4-40. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.

NEWELL

Percy William

P/JX 263174, Ord Seaman, HMS Airedale, Royal Navy. 15-6-42, age 30. Husband of Majorie Hope Newell. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.

PARKINSON, DFM

Gordon James William

Flight Sgt, 1873911, Air Gunner, 49 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, based Fiskerton, Lincs, flew Lancasters, died 8-7-44. Baker at Russell's, Broad St, March. Died age 20 during Mosquito raid on German rocket launch site in France. Son of William & Gladys Violet Parkinson, of Council Houses, Main Rd, Wimblington. Le Chesne Communal Cemetery Extension, Eure, France. DFM = Distinguished Flying Medal.

PEACOCK

James

5833081, L/Cpl, 142nd Rgt (7th Suffolk) Royal Armoured Corps. 23-4-43, age 30. Son of George Herbert & Elizabeth Peacock, of The Bungalow, Wimblington; husband of Mrs Peacock, of Luton. Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia.

WILD

Mary Joan

52745, Wren, HMS Cabott, Women's Royal Naval Service. Found drowned in River Wharfe at Tadcaster, Yorks 1-9-43, age 19. Daughter of Alfred Jasper & Mary Wild, of March Rd, Wimblington. Wimblington (St Peter) Churchyard.

WRIGHT

Anthony Oliver

158793, Pilot Officer, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, based East Kirkby, Lincs, flew Lancasters. Died 27-1-44. Son of Oliver & Nelly Wright, of Wimblington. Nelly was the widow of H J Smart (see Manea WW1) & remarried to Oliver Wright; their son A O Wright appears on the war memorial lists for 1939-45 at Manea and Wimblington. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

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

HARE

Bartle

Private, 1st Btn Worcestershire Regiment. Youngest son of Mr William Hare, King St, Wimblington. Died 2-10-1938, age 25, at Government Hospital, Jerusalem. Hare had served in the army for six years and the Reserve for six months, but re-enlisted on 5-9-38, sailing for Palestine on 15-9-38 & landing 27-9-38. During a military search on 29-9-38, Hare was seriously wounded in the head by Arabs & died three days later.

PRIOR

George Joseph

Private, Suffolk Regiment, d 28/1/1945, age 18, buried: NEDERWEERT WAR CEMETERY, Limburg, Netherlands. Son of Bertie and Elizabeth May Prior, of Wimblington, Cambridgeshire.

Last updated 7 December, 2008

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