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WISBECH GRAMMAR SCHOOL WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & Afghanistan 2007 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Cliff Brown

The memorial takes the form of a nowy headed brass plaque, with the Wisbech Grammar School badge at the top, in a wooden frame, and is located in the main school corridor of Wisbech Grammar School, North Brine, Wisbech. There are 19 names listed for World War 1. Also commemorated is Alex Hawkins (Old Wisbechian), a casualty in the current Afghan Campaign.

Wisbech Grammar School from an old postcard

19141-1918
In memory of
the Old Boys of this school
who gave their lives for their country
in the Great War.

BOWETT

F H Leslie

568441, Cpl, Army Troops Signal Coy (London), Royal Engineers. Died of cerebro-spinal fever 14-4-17, age 21, at Norwich hospital. Worked at National Provincial Bank, Great Yarmouth. Buried Bunny (St Mary) Churchyard, Notts.

BRUCE

Nigel

Lt, 46 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Killed in action 19-9-18. Lived Harecroft Road, Wisbech. 46 Squadron based at Cappy, flying Sopwith Camels. Listed Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Also listed Wisbech.

BURALL

William Henry

160863 Cpl (despatch rider), 17th H.A.G Signal Sub Section, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 8-8-18, age 25. Son of Henry Charles & E Louisa Burall, of Queen's Road, Wisbech. Buried Maroeuil British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Also listed Wisbech.

CLEMENTS, MC

Reginald Francis

Lieutenant, 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment killed in action on 14th August 1918, age 26. Awarded Military Cross. Son of Henry & Agenes, 9 The Woodlands, Long Park, Chesham Bois, Bucks. Native of Oban, Argyll. Buried Morlancourt British Cemetery No 2, Somme, France.

CROFTS

Archibald Bertram

C8049 L/Cpl, DCompany, 2nd Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps. Wounded 9-9-16 at High Wood, Somme, Died of wounds 30-11-16, at 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham. Youngest son of Henry & Charlotte Crofts, The Cherries, Elm Bridge. Buried Elm churchyard. Also listed Elm & Emneth.

DAVEY

Gordon Winsland

Fourth Mate, SS Alnwick Castle (London), Mercantile Marine. Drowned 19-3-17, submarine attack, age 21. Son of Henry & Ellen Elizabeth Davey, of 36 Nene Parade, Wisbech. Born West Hackney. Listed Tower Hill Memorial, London. Also listed Wisbech.

DENNIS

John Neville

Lt, 11th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, attached 41st coy Machine Gun Corps. Died of wounds 15-10-17, age 22. Awarded Military Cross at Delville Wood. Son of John Herbert & Florence Amy Dennis, of 6 Monica Road, Wisbech. Buried Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, Nord, France. Also listed Wisbech.

ENGLISH

Alfred Cecil

2nd Lt, 1/28th Battalion London Regiment (Artist's Rifles). Died 30-12-17, age 30. Son of Mrs L M English, 79 Edith Rd, West Kensington, London. Listed Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

HARE

John Alfred

2nd Lt, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in plane crash, Catterick, 1-3-17. Lived Colville Road, Wisbech. Buried Wisbech Borough Cemetery, Cambs. Also listed Wisbech.

HERCOCK

Sidney Wiles Wooll

PS/9833 Pte, Trench Mortar Battery, 8th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 3-5-17, age 30. Husband of C J Hercock, 8 Elm Road, Wisbech. Listed Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Also listed Wisbech.

JOHNSON

D J

Possibly David Johnson, 9264, Pte, 7th Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 10-10-17. Born Ely, enlisted Wisbech. Son of R Johnson, of 5 Prospect Place, Wisbech. Duisans British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Listed Wisbech memorial.

JOHNSON

William

21688 Pte, 10th Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Died of wounds 18-9-18, age 24. Son of Fred & Thirsa Johnson, of May Villas, Norwich Rd, East Dereham, Norfolk. Formerly of March Riverside, Upwell. Brother of Water Steward Johnson below. La Chapelette British & Indian Cemetery, Peronne, France.

JOHNSON

Walter Steward

1658 Trooper, 1/1st Btn Norfolk Yeomanry. Died at sea on hospital ship, dysentery 24-10-15, age 25. Norfolk Yeomanry arrived at Anzac, Gallipoli on 10-10-15. Son of Fred & Thirza Johnson, May Villas, East Dereham, Norfolk; previously Foxboro Farm, North Elmham & March Riverside, Upwell. Listed Helles Memorial, Turkey. 

KETTLE

Reuben Charles

LZ5581 Gunner, Royal Navy, SS Westergate (MPS). Ship torpedoed and sank 21-4-18, age 21. Son of Reuben & Elizabeth Kettle, Foul Anchor Inn. Buried Geffossen Churchyard. Also listed Foulanchor.

MARKHAM

John Addis

Capt, 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment Killed in action 7-5-15, age 28. Eldest son of Thomas & Henrietta Markham, Popenhoe, Emneth (later 2 Richmond Villas, Avenue Rd, Hunstanton). Commissioned 2nd Lt on 27-5-08 from Militia. Lt 3-9-10, T/Capt 15-11-14, Capt 6-2-15. Originally buried Le Bizet Convent Military Cemetery, concentrated to Strand Military Cemetery, Ploegsteert, France.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny' s Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 1, Part 1 , Page 244. MARKHAM, John Addis. Captain, 1st Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Eldest son of Thomas Markham, of Popenhoe, Wisbech,Norfolk, by his wife Henrietta Jane, dau of William Addis of London. born Faulkner House, Walpole St. Peter, Wisbech 31-12-1886. Educated Dover College; gazetted 2nd Lieut to the 1st East Yorkshires from the Militia 27-5-1908, promoted Lieutenant 3-9-1910. He was appointed Temporary Captain 15-11-1914 and this rank was made substantive 6-5-1915.

He went to France with the 6th Division in Sept 1914, and was mortally wounded by a snipers bullet in the trenches near Armentieres 7-5-1915 and died two hours later being buried in Le Bizet Convent. Unm. Major I.L.I. Clark, commanding the 1st East Yorkshires, wrote: " I looked upon Markham as my most reliable Company Commander, always cheery and a splendid example to all under him. He was beloved by his men, and exceedingly popular with his brother officers."; and Private John Brady of his company" He was the gentleman who led my platoon to the trenches on the Aisne, the platton that was the first to come under the fire of the Germans famous Coalboxes. He laughed at those shells, bucked us up, making us so that we could not do anything else but follow him."

Capt Markham was a fine horseman, and in 1913 he won the East Yorkshires Regimental point to point race, on his horse, Loretto.

Also listed Walsoken & Emneth.

MAXEY

Charles Pulley

A/36301 Pte, 4th Battalion (Central Ontario) Canadian Infantry. Killed in action 7-5-16 (trenches at Hill 60, Zillebeke), age 30. Son of Lydia Mary Maxey, of 9 Henry Street, Wisbech, & the late John Thomas Maxey. Listed Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Also listed Wisbech.

PIGGINS

Sidney J

109526 Air Mechanic 2nd Class, 5th Wing, Royal Air Force. Died Egypt 14-10-18, age 19. Buried Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel. Also listed Wisbech.

RAWLIN

Hubert J

9284 Pte, 9th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 7-10-16. Lived Park Street, Wisbech. Listed Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Also listed Wisbech & Walsoken.

STAGLES

Arthur

SD/5612 Pte, 9th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment who died of wounds 4th September 1916, age 26. Son of Harry & Hannah Stages, of Wisbech; husband of Florence May Stagles. Teacher at Victoria Road Boys' School, Cannon Street, Wisbech. Enlisted Wisbech April 1916. Born Stanningley, Yorks. Buried Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, Somme, France. Also listed Wisbech.

There O Lord is the victory

AFGHANISTAN 2007
HAWKINS

Alex

Lance Corporal (Sniper), "D" Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment. Aged 22. Died at ISAF medical facility at Camp Bastion on 25 July 2007, from wounds received when an explosion struck his Vector vehicle around 0550 hourse local time while on routine patrol in the north eastern outskirts of Sangin in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was the 66th casulaty since military operations began in November 2001. Born in Kings Lynn, resident East Dereham, son of Jan and Bob Hawkins, he won a scholarship to Wisbech Grammar School. He was among nine soldiers from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, who lost their lives in Operation Herrick 6. He joined the royal Anglian Regiment in January 2003. Buried at All Saints' Church, Swanton Morley, near Dereham. Buried in the hurchyard of Mary Magdalene Church, Old Beetley.

Note: The memorial plaque was paid for by The Royal Anglian Afghanistan Memorial Fund.

Last updated 5 February, 2009

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