War 1 and 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
copyright © 2000 Dave Edwards
names of the fallen of Witcham
are recorded on a brass plaque within St Martin's Church
and beneath this a is wooden plaque recording the Second World War.
THE GLORY OF GOD
THIS TABLET IS PLACED BY THE PARISHIONERS OF WITCHAM
IN LOVING AND REVERENT MEMORY OF THE MEN
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918
7545, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds
15 February 1915. Age 28. Born Sutton, enlisted Ely. Regular. Lived
Witcham Gravel. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE)
MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21. See also Mepal
41231, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action
22 December 1916. Aged 32. Enlisted Chatteris, resident Chatteris.
Son of Mrs. R. Clark; husband of Lily Day (formerly Clark), of Witcham,
Ely, Cambs. Formerly 35133, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated
on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 D. See also
Chatteris [Listed as CLARK on CWGC]
Corporal 5939, 'C' Company, 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade
(The Prince Consort's Own). Died of wounds 21 November 1915. Aged
26. Born Witcham, enlisted and resident Ely. Youngest son of William
and Eliza Giles, of "The Bacque Whey," Witcham, Ely. Buried in BOULOGNE
EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row C. Grave
6915, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action
28 March 1918. Aged 32. Born Witcham, enlisted Ely. Son of John
and Jane King, of 62, Silver St., Ely, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated
on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4. See also Coveney
[Listed as Lance Corporal on memorial and as A G KING]
41935, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London
Regiment). Killed in action 27 May 1917. Aged 29. Born and resident
Witcham, enlisted Ely. Formerly 20797, 3rd Battalion, East Surrey
Regiment. Buried in ALBUERA CEMETERY, BAILLEUL-SIRE-BERTHOULT, Pas
de Calais, France. South Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 16.
G/61427, 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London
Regiment). Died of wounds 12 April 1917. Aged 21. Born Witcham,
enlisted Ely. Regular. Son of John Norman; brother of Mr P Norman,
West End, Witcham. Formerly 11919, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment).
Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France.
Section O. Plot VIII. Row L. Grave 12.
26238, 'F' Company, 14th Battalion, Canadian Infantry
(Quebec Regiment.) Died 21 April 1915. Aged 21. Born 30 September
1893 in Witcham, Cambridgeshire. Son of George and Emily Pate, of
70, St. Mary's St., Ely, Cambs. Clerk. Unmarried. Enlisted 22 September
1914 at Valcartier, Quebec, Canada having been passed fit 28 August
1914. Height 5 feet 7 inches, girth 34 inches, complexion fair,
eyes hazel, hair fair; religion Church of England. No known grave.
Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Panel 24 - 26 - 28 - 30. National Archives of Canada Accession
150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7625 - 6 [Listed as Private,
Montreal Regiment on memorial]
Thomas aka Tom
Corporal 2705, 1st Life Guards. Killed in action 20 October 1914.
Born Witcham, enlisted in London. No known grave. Commemorated on
YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel
3554, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in
action 5 May 1915. Aged 33. Born Witcham, enlisted Kilburn, Middlesex.
Son of Freeman and Betsy Poole, of Witcham, Ely, Cambs. Buried in
WOODS CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row B.
849, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in
action 21 March 1915. Born Witcham, enlisted Sutton. No known grave.
Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Panel 50 and 52.
it is stated he died 21 March 1915 according to CWGC but more
likely 13 March 1915, see below.
was assistant overseer for Wentworth and his mother, Mrs Purrell,
lived in Witcham. He was a pre-war Territorial with H (Ely) company.
The Cambs. Times says he was buried in a trench through the bursting
of a shell. Capt. Keenlyside wrote to his mother and stated that
Sgt Purell (note spelling) went up to the trench with a regular
Regiment, (this was the 2nd Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry),
to gain experience on evening of March 13th. About 5.15pm the
trench he was in was bombarded heavily and had to be evacuated.
His trench and those on either side were captured by the enemy.
It is not known whether he was taken prisoner or killed. There
is no record of Purell ever being taken prisoner and subsequently
listed on Wentworth Memorial
Seaman R/1803, Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Divison. Born 24 June
1898. Son of William Rowell, of The Green, Mepal. Mobilized 15 June
1917 to 3rd Reserve Battalion, at Blandford. Joined Hood Battalion,
Royal Naval Divison, 29 October 1917 at Passchendaele. Posted Missing
24 March 1918 (retreat from Cambrai to Hamel), later reported PoW.
Died while POW Lazarette War Hospital, Lehrerseminar A.27 D.F.35
19 October 1918. No cause of death stated, but very likely pneumonia/influenza.
Buried in MONS (BERGEN) COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Mons, Hainaut, Belgium.
Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 7. See also Mepal
29866, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire
Regiment). Killed in action 18 October 1916. Aged 21. Born London,
enlisted Isle of Ely, resident Ely. Son of Richard and M. J. Saberton,
of Witcham, Ely, Cambs. Formerly 23943, Suffolk Regiment. Buried
in WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI
Row E. Grave 21.
Middlesex Regiment. Enlisted in Newmarket 17 February 1916, son
of John and Sarah Saberton of Witcham. Birth registered in the July
to September Quarter 1897, born 30 June 1897. Served as Private
with Suffolk, Middlesex and East Surrey Regiment (service no. 28521)
before transfer to Labour Corps (service no. 601399). Discharged
as medically unfit 6 May 1919. Buried at Witcham 23 May 1919, aged
21. In the 1911 census he was the son of John and Sarah Saberton,
aged 13, a farm labourer, born Witcham, resident High Street, Witcham.
Admitted to Witcham Junior Middle Infants' School 1901.
Charles aka Charlie
Corporal 140972, 63rd Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds
20 October 1918. Aged 29. Born Witcham, enlisted Bourne, Lincolnshire.
Husband of M. Cunnington (formerly Sharp), of 89, Station Rd., Langley
Mill, Derbyshire. Lived in Witcham and moved to Derbyshire to become
a miner. Buried in DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Plot IV. Row H. Grave 37. [Listed as Sapper on memorial]
3082, 1st Life Guards. Died of wounds 20 May 1918. Aged
28. Born Witcham, enlisted Ely. Son of William and Elizabeth Vye,
of Manor House, Witcham, Ely, Cambs. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY
CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot LXV. Row C. Grave 27.
name liveth for evermore
a wooden plaque beneath:
Private 5832466, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who
Died on active service as a japanese Prisoner of War on Sunday,
29 August 1943. Aged 29. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George James Bedworth,
of Hendon, Middlesex; husband of Jane Bedworth, of Witcham, Ely,
Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated
on the SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column
Last updated 19 January, 2012