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WITCHFORD WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Dave Edwards & Cliff Brown

These names are recorded on a brass plaque within the church. Supplementary information has been extracted from CWGC records where possible.

1914 - 1918

BARNES John William
Private 13685, 'D' Company, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died at Norwich died 20 May 1916. Aged 22. Born Witchford, enlisted Ely. Buried in ST. ANDREW CHURCHYARD, WITCHFORD, Cambridgeshire. South of the church.
BURROWS Frederick William
Private 115174, 29th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds 22 August 1918. Aged 27. Born Sutton, enlisted Leyton. Son of Fred and Naomi Burrows, of Witchford, Isle of Ely, Cambs. Formerly 595876, London Regiment. Buried in LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row D. Grave 83.
COULSON Arthur [William]
Lance Corporal TF/201363, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed at Ypres in action 26 September 1917. Aged 21. Born Benwick, enlisted Ely. Son of James Hiam Coulson and Emily Coulson, of Witchford, Isle-of-Ely, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 40 to 41 and 162 to 162A.
DEWEY Walter
Private 17966, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 16 June 1915. Aged 32. Born Ely, enlisted Bedford, resident Somersham, Huntingdonshire. Son of John Freeman Dewey and Elizabeth Dewey, of Witchford, Ely, Cambs; husband of Annie Dewey, of Church St., Somersham, St. Ives, Hunts. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11. See also Somersham Memorial.

Extract from National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918 - Section XII Bedford and Northampton:

DEWEY, W., Private, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment.
He volunteered in November 1914, and having completed a period of training at Felixstowe, was seven months later drafted to the Western Front. After only eight days' active service he was unfortunately killed in action in the La Bassée sector on June 16th, 1915. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"The path of duty was the way to glory."

Church Street, Somersham, Hunts.  
Z1994.
DOLBY [John] William
Private 15771, 11th (Cambridgeshire) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action on Sunday, 10 June 1917. Aged 20. Born Doncaster, Yorkshire, enlisted Ely. Son of William and Harriet Dolby of Main Street, Witchford. In 1911 he is listed as William DOLBY, son of William and Harriet Dolby, unmarried, aged 14, born Doncaster, resident Silver Street Ely, Cambridgeshire; although he was born in Yorkshire the rest of his family, including parents, were born in and around Ely. Buried in CANADIAN CEMETERY No.2, NEUVILLE-ST. VAAST, Pas de Calais, France. Plot 16. Row E. Grave 7. [Listed as John William on CWGC and William on SDGW and memorial]
DUNHAM Joseph [William]
Private 26615, 14th (Service) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 3 June 1917. Aged 25. Born and resident Witchford, enlisted Ely. Son of Joseph and Sarah Jane Dunham, of Witchford, Ely, Cambs. In the 1911 census he is listed as Joseph William DUNHAm, on of Joseph and Sarah Jane Dunham, single, aged 18, Farm Labourer, born and resident Witchford. Formerly 24993, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in VLAMERTINGHE MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VII. Row F. Grave 8.
POND [James] Burt
Private, 21321, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action at Ypres 31 July 1917. Born Witchford, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Newmarket. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21. See also Littleport Memorial

RICHARDSON Arthur [James]
Private TF/203385, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 6 December 1917. Born Witchford, enlisted Newmarket, resident Littleport. Buried in TYNE COT CEMETERY, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row J. Grave 2. See also Littleport Memorial
TAYLOR Charles
Private 27364, 6th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died of wounds 10 May 1917. Aged 27. Born and resident Witchford, enlisted Ely. Son of Robert and Alice Parsons Taylor, of Witchford, Ely, Cambs. Formerly G/123167, East Surrey Regiment. Buried in LONDON CEMETERY, NEUVILLE-VITASSE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 23.. See also Wentworth.
YOUNGS Frank aka Francis
Private 34651, 17th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Wounded & missing 24 March 1918, Prisoner of War, died of wounds 18 April 1918. Aged 30. Born Wentworth, enlisted and resident Ely. Son of the late John and Charlotte Youngs, of Witchford, Ely, Cambs; their second son killed the first being John Robert Youngs. In the 1911 census he was the son of John and Charlotte Youngs, unmarried, aged 23, Agricultural Labourer, born Wentworth, resident Witchford, Ely, Cambridgeshire. Buried in CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXX. Row A. Grave 62.
YOUNGS John [Robert]
Lance Corporal 29874, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 18 October 1916. Born and resident Witchford, enlisted Ely. Son of John Youngs, of Witchford Rd., Wentworth, Ely, Cambs; brother of Francis who also fell. Formerly 15883, Suffolk Regiment. In 1911 census John Robert YOUNGS is the son of John & Charlotte Youngs, single, Agricultural Labourer, aged 23, born Wentworth, resident Witchford, Ely, Cambridgeshire. Buried in WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 13. See also Wentworth

Note: John Young in Cambridgeshire Times 8 December 1916. But he is Youngs on CWGC, Young on SDGW and Young on Wentworth, but YOUNGS on Witchford; the 1911 census states he is YOUNGS.

WATSON [Charles] George
Private 19774, 15th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 2 November 1916. Aged 41. Born London [SDGW] or Surbiton, Surrey [CWGC], enlisted Barnsley, Yorkshire, resident Cudworth, Yorkshire. Son of Charles and Mary Watson, Witchford (they fostered many children); husband of Hephizibah Watson, of 11, Market St, Cudworth, Barnsley, Yorks. In 1911 he is listed as George WATSON, he was married to Hephizibah for 11 years with 3 children, aged 34, a Coal Miner Hewer, born London, Middlesex, resident Barnsley; his wife was born Stretham, Cambridgeshire and his eldest daughter was born in Witchford. Buried in FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 33. [Known as George, listed as Charles George Watson on SDGW & CWGC but George on the 1911 census]

1939 - 1945

CONE Percy [Edward]
Private 5932493, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese 26 September 1944. Aged 31. Son of Edward and Margaret Cone, of Witchford, Cambridgeshire. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2. Row K. Grave 27.

HADRILL John Pinnell
Aircraftman 1st Class 1360698, 36 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died during the Japanese invasion of Malaya and Singapore 11 February 1942. Son of Herbert Murton Hadrill who was Vicar of Witchford and Rector of Wentworth from 1938 to 1848 (also in Wentworth 1930 to 1938). No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 418.

JUGG Albert [James]
Sapper 14864716, Royal Engineers. Died 10 September 1945. Aged 19. Son of Harold James Jugg and Rosetta May Jugg, of Witchford, Cambridgeshire. Buried in KIRKEE WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 5. Row F. Grave 1.
JUGG Harold [William]
Private 5933590, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese 25 October 1943. Aged 23. Son of Harold James Jugg and Rosetta May Jugg, of Witchford, Cambridgeshire. Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 6. Row O. Grave 15.

LANGLEY James William
Probably: Driver 2003203, 560 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 30 April 1944. Aged 24. Born Norfolk, resident Cambridgeshire. Son of David and Rebecca Barber Langley, of Southery, Norfolk; husband of Elsie Clingo Langley, of Southery. Born and resident Cambridgeshire. Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2. Row B. Grave 7.

LUNN Arthur [John]
Warrant Officer Class I, Regimental Sergeant Major 5766945, 4th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Killed in the Japanese invasion of Malaya and Singapore between 4 and 13 February 1942. Aged 37. Son of John and Minnie Lunn; husband of Ellen Lunn, of Witcham, Cambridgeshire. Buried in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Singapore. Plot 15. Row E. Grave 8.

MORRIS Edwin
Private 4038451, 1st Battalion The Herefordshire Regiment, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Died 7 September 1944. Aged 30. Son of Edwin and Ellen Morris; husband of Ivy May Morris, of Witchford, Cambridgeshire. Buried in SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY, Antwerpen, Belgium. Plot II. Row D. Grave 24.
PERRY William [John]
Private 5949873, 9th (The Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons) Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died 8 March 1944. Son of John and K. H. Perry, of Witchford, Cambridgeshire. Buried in BEACH HEAD WAR CEMETERY, ANZIO, Italy. Plot XI. Row F. Grave 4.
VIGUS John
Petty Officer Cook C/MX58462, H.M.S. Walker, Royal Navy. Died 14 November 1944. Aged 24. Son of William Charles Thomas Vigus and Matilda Alice Vigus; husband of Edna Grace Vigus, of Bowes Park, Middlesex. Buried in ST. ANDREW CHURCHYARD, WITCHFORD, Cambridgeshire.

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