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WISBECH, THE QUEEN'S SCHOOL WAR MEMORIAL

World War 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information.
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Cliff Brown
additional information Mark Haycock

The Queen's School, Wisbech was built after World War 1 and therefore the names of those who died only cover the second world war.

ARMSTRONG Albert Edward
Pte, 5933891, 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment. 26-6-43, age 27, Prisoner of War. Son of Stanley & Ethel Armstrong, of Wisbech; husband of Diana Ruth Armstrong, of Wisbech. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Also listed Wisbech.
BARNES John William
Spr, 2092572, 287 Field Coy Royal Engineers. 29-9-43, Prisoner of War. Son of Philip Benjamin & Florence Mary Barnes, of Wisbech. Thanyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar. Brother of Richard. Also listed Wisbech.
BARNES Richard Percy
Pte, 11253941, 1st East Surrey Regiment. 23-4-45, age 23. Son of Philip Benjamin & Florence Mary Barnes, of Wisbech. Argenta Gap War Cemetery, Italy. Brother of John. Also listed Wisbech.
BEAKLEY (Rowan) Peter
Pte, 5933672, 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment. 18-8-43, age 22, Prisoner of War. Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Thailand. Also listed Wisbech & Walsoken.
BELLAMY Leslie Clarence
Pte, 144441243, 4th Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action 27-8-44, age 18. The third son of Mr & Mrs F Bellamy of 24 Southwell road, Wisbech. Pte Bellamy was only 18 years of age and had been in the army for less than a year. St Desir War Cemetery, Calvados France. Also listed Wisbech.
BENSLEY Bert
Cpl, 5933894, HQ coy 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of cholera 10-6-43, at Takanun, age 28. Son of Frederick & Florence Bensley, of Wisbech; husband of Louisa Ann Bensley, Methwold, Norfolk. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Brother of Charles. Also listed Wisbech.
BENSLEY Charles Edward Verden
Pte, 5932918, HQ coy 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died cholera 3-6-43, at Takanun, age 24. Son of Frederick & Florence Bensley, of Wisbech; husband of Lilian Gertrude Bensley, of Wisbech. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Brother of Bert. Also listed Wisbech.
BOWD James Victor

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© Richard E Hinkle 2002
Pte, 5776663, 5th Royal Norfolk Regiment. 19-7-43, age 24, Prisoner of War. Son of Agnes May Bowd & stepson of George Murray Bowles, of Wisbech. Sai Wan War Cemetery, Hong Kong. Also listed Wisbech.
BROWN William Henry
Pte 5933490, 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment. 15-8-43, Prisoner of War. Son of Elizabeth Brown, of Wisbech. Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand. Also listed Wisbech.
BROWNING Maurice
Tpr, 295516, Life Guards. 18-8-42. Son of John George & Rebecca Harriet Browning, of Wisbech. Wisbech Borough Cemetery, Cambs. Also listed Wisbech.
BRUCE Arthur (Leonard)
Cpl, 5784270, 1st Royal Norfolk Regiment. 21-7-44, age 21. Son of Mr & Mrs George Bruce; husband of Ethel Bruce, of Wisbech. La Delivrance War Cemetery, Douvres, Calvados, France. Also listed Wisbech.
BRUCE Reginald (Oviles)
Sgt, 59232595, 1st Royal Norfolk Regiment. Son of George & Elizabeth Bruce; husband of Lily Irene Bruce, of Hillingdon, Middlesex. Tilly-sur-Seulles War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Also listed Wisbech.
BURRELL Walter Edward
Pte, 5933591, 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died pellagra 27-10-43 at Chunkai, age 22. Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand. Also listed Wisbech.
BUSH Donald
Pte, 5773756, 2nd Royal Norfolk Regiment. 4-5-44, age 25. Son of William & Jessie Bush, of Wisbech. Kohima War Cemetery, India. Also listed Wisbech.
CALLABY Harry Clifford
Fireman & Trimmer, SS Empire Stevenson (South Shileds), Merchant Navy. 13-9-42, age 21. Tower Hill Memorial, London. Also listed Wisbech.
CARLILE John Vyvyan
Flight Sgt, 968433, 260 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 26-6-42, age 20. Son of John Weatherley Robinson Carlile & Muriel Louisa Carlile, of Wisbech. Alamein Memorial, Egypt.

London Gazette 27/7/1943

Details from his recommendation AIR 2/9596

Pilot 260 Sqdn

During recent hard fighting in the Western Desert, F/S Carlyle has especially distinguished himself. In one day, he twice turned to attack a greatly superior enemy force and each time brought his aircraft home successfully in spite of extensive damage to it which made it extremely hard to handle. He is a fearless and determined fighter pilot and recently destroyed an enemy fighter when our forces were outnumbered by at least four to one. During the present battle, his characteristic keeness to engage the Hun has inspired confidence and courage in all who witnessed his energy and drive, his conduct throughout being such as to prove a valuable contribution to the successes his squadron has achieved. This airman was reported missing on 26th June 1942, and the recommendation was intiated on 2nd June 1942.

(Note - the D.F.M could not be awarded posthumously, so alot of the time the recommendation would be post dated to the day before the airman went missing)

Also listed Wisbech.

CARLILE Neville William
Sgt, 881270, 82 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 13-6-40, age 23. Son of Frank Henry & Violet Mary Carlile, of Hunstanton. Buried Harlingen General Cemetery, Netherlands. Also listed March Grammar School
CHAMBERS Arthur Edward
Pte, 5953208, 5th Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 14-6-43, Prisoner of War, age 26. Son of Mrs A L Chambers, of Wisbech. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Also listed Wisbech.
CLARK G
Also listed Wisbech. No information.
CLARKE W
No information.
CLEAVER Samuel Alexander
Driver, 2090379287, Royal Engineers. Died 27-8-43, Prisoner of War, age 23. Son of Mr & Mrs F Cleaver, of Wisbech. Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Thailand. Also listed Wisbech.
COOK Maurice Earl
Trooper, 14288494, 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps. 19-7-44, age 20. Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Also listed Wisbech.
COOPER Stanley
Dvr, 2091259, 287 Field Coy, Royal Engineers. 30-5-43, age 33, Prisoner of War. Son of Arthur & Hannah Cooper; husband of Lucy Irene Cooper, of Leverington Common. Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmur. Also listed Leverington.
DAWSON C R A
Also listed Wisbech. No information.
DOWNES Dennis Alan
Pte, 14407034, 2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment. 25-2-45, age 20. Son of George W & F E Downes, of Wisbech. Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar. Also listed Wisbech.
FOUNTAIN Louis Stanley
Ldg Aircraftman, 1499428, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 19-1-46, age 24. Son of Louis & Florence Fountain, of Wisbech. Heliopolis War Cemetery, Egypt. Also listed Wisbech.
GREAVES Arthur Charles
Pte, 5933859, HQ coy 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died at sea 21-9-44, Prisoner of War, age 23. Also listed Wisbech.
GRIMMER Sidney
Pte, 5384506, 1st Bucks Btn, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died 27-4-40, age 24. Son of Edward & Sarah Grimmer, of Wisbech; husband of Jean Grimmer. Buried Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.
HAMMOND Thomas (Silvester)
Pte, 5933599, 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 28-1-42, age 20. Son of Elizabeth Hammond, of Wisbech. Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Also listed Wisbech.
HARGREAVES William James
Spr, 1876459, Royal Engineers. Deid 10-5-40, age 20. Son of Harry & Matilda Hargreaves, of Wisbech. Buried Wisbech Borough Cemetery, Cambs.
HARRIS Reginald John
Ldg Cook, C/MX 60132, HMS Vimiera, Royal Navy. 9-1-42, age 20. Son of Walter Charles & Mary Harris, of Wisbech. Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Also listed Wisbech.
HARRIS Walter Charles
Gnr, 937784, 68 Medium Rgt, Royal Artillery. 27-11-41, age 23. Son of Walter & Frances Harris, of Wisbech. Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt.
HOLL Raymond
Cpl, 5773941, 4th Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 17-2-42, Prisoner of War, age 29. Husband of Constance Holl, of Wisbech. Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Also listed Wisbech.
HOTSON Thomas (Harold)
Driver, 2090380, 287 Field Coy, Royal Engineers. Died 30-9-43, Prisoner of War, age 22. Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar. Also listed Wisbech.
ISAACSON Herbert Alexander
Ldg Aircraftman, 750925, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 30-9-43. Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia. Also listed Wisbech.
JONES Jack Jospeh
L/Cpl, 2092133, 287 Field Coy Royal Engineers. Died 26-11-43, Prisoner of War, age 21. Son of John Herbert & Susannah Elizabeth Jones, of Wisbech. Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar. Also listed Wisbech.
KEMP George William
George William Kemp, Pte, 5933600, HQ coy 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died at sea 21-9-44, Prisoner of War, age 24. Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Also listed Wisbech & Walsoken. Also listed Wisbech & Walsoken.
KEMP Jack
Fireman & Trimmer, SS Fort Norfolk (London), Merchant Navy. 24-6-44, age 21. Son of Mrs E M Kemp; stepson of Mr J T Hollis, of Wisbech. Tower Hill Memorial, London. Also listed Wisbech.
MEGGS Albert Victor
Pte, 14813446, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 7-2-46, age 19. Son of Walter Ernest & Mary Ann Meggs, of Wisbech. Buried Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania.
MITCHAM William Abram
Pilot Officer, 195029, Wire operator/Air gunner, 626 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 5-4-45, age 21. Son of William & Agnes Mitcham, of Wisbech. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Also listed Wisbech.
PEARSON James Jonas
Cpl, 1247670, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 12-3-44. Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Also listed Wisbech.
PRESTON William (Charles)
L/Sgt, 5933598, 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died at sea 21-9-44, Prisoner of War, age 25. Son of Sidney & Ethel Preston; husband of Edith Preston, of Garston, Watford, Herts. Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Also listed Wisbech. Also listed Wisbech.
RICHES Alfred Ernest
Pte, 14558534, 5th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. 3-8-44, age 19. Son of W H & Elizabeth Riches, of Wisbech. Hottot-Les-Bagues War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Also listed Wisbech.
SIMPOLE Jack William
Spr, 2092136, 287 Field Coy Royal Engineers. Died 18-6-43,Prisoner of War, age 23. Son of James William & Emily Jane Simpole, of Wisbech; husband of Florence Maud Simpole, of Wisbech. Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar. Also listed Wisbech.
SMITH A
Also listed Wisbech. No information.
STANFORD (John) Robert
Pte, 5933855, 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died at sea 21-9-44, Prisoner of War, age 24. Son of Mrs L Stanford, of Wisbech. Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Also listed Wisbech.
SWAIN Cecil Charles
Pte, 5933491, 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment. 12-2-42, age 21. Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Also listed Wisbech.
SWANN George Leonard
Driver, 2091757, 289 Field Coy Royal Engineers. Died 15-6-43, Prisoner of War, age 25. Son of John William & Rose Ellen Swann, of Wisbech. Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar. Also listed Wisbech.
TAWN Edward William
L/Cpl, 5784042, 1st East Lancashire Regiment. 6-4-45, age 21. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Also listed Wisbech.
TUCK Arthur Robert
Pte, 14534079, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. 1-9-44, age 21. Son of Charles Bertram & Elizabeth Tuck, of Wisbech. Maynamati War Cemetery, Bangladesh. Also listed Wisbech.
TYTHERLEIGH Alan (Edwin)
Sgt, 1623946, 460 Squadron Royal Air Force. 3-7-43, age 19. Son of E A Tytherleigh MM & Mrs M E Tytherleigh, of Wisbech. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Also listed Wisbech.
VIRGO John Raymond
L/Cpl, 2616924, 2nd Grenadier Guards. 29-6-42, age 23. Son of George & Clara Virgo, of Wisbech. Wisbech Borough Cemetery, Cambs. Also listed Wisbech.
WALTON Sidney Claude
L/Bdr, 962034, 76 (The Shropshire Yeomanry) Field Rgt, Royal Artillery. 15-2-44, age 26. Son of Tom & Rose Walton; husband of Phyllis Maud Walton, of Outwell. Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. Also listed Leverington.
WHITBY Raymond Ernest
Pte, 14227445, 1st Royal Berkshire Regiment. 1-1-45, age 21. Son of George William & Ada Whitby, of Wisbech. Imphal War Cemetery, India. Also listed Wisbech.
YOUNG F R
No information.
YOUNG L J
possibly Leonard James Young, Pte, 5836272, 5th Suffolk Regiment. Died 30-7-43, Prisoner of War, age 22. Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Also listed Wisbech.

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