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Hilton - War Memorial

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Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001

West of Fenstanton, some 4 miles SW of St Ives. The memorial takes the form of a lych gate. The inscription:

"This Lych Gate is Erected by Public Subscription in
Memory of the Men Fallen in the Great War 1914 -1919"

C H Wright-Ingle

L Beck

P Harradine

H Jennings

L Yates

B Yates

F Hurst

J Roslyn

E Cook

N B Souper

J Ellwood

Oddly Able Seaman S. Jones "HMS Vivid" died 6th September 1919, aged 27 is not included even though he is buried in Hilton churchyard.

This section was kindly transcribed by Phil Curme - many thanks to him.


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1914-1919

Leonard Ernest BECK

Private 17685, "C" Company,2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 28th November 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 18. Born and resident Hilton, enlisted Huntingdon. Son of John and Jane Beck, of Potton Rd., Hilton, St. Ives, Hunts. Buried in Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, Pas de Calais, France. Grave III. G. 5.

Ernest James COOK

Private 21793, 9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 13th June 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born Hilton, enlisted Huntingdon. Son of James and Charlotte Cook, of Hilton, St. Ives, Hunts. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34.

John ELLWOOD

Private 235517, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 27th December 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 28. Born Hilton, enlisted Huntingdon. Son of the late Joseph and Harriett Ellwood, of Tithe Cottage, Hilton, St. Ives, Hunts. Formerly 1197, Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 35 to 37 and 162 to 162A.

Percival George HARRADINE

Lance Corporal 32817, 36th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 7th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 23. Born Hilton, enlisted Huntingdon, resident St. Ives. Formerly 1187, Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5C and 12C.

From Huntingdonshire Heroes of the First World War by John Bell ISBN 0 946965 21 8. Letter to Mrs. Harradine Percival's mother from Sergeabt Alec E. Samson.

In action
Somewhere in France
October 16 1916.

Dear Mrs. Harradine,

I hardly know whether I should write to you or not, but I think the owner of the enclosed notebook must have been your son Lance Corporal P. G. Harradine and I think you would like to have it.

I am sorry to send it to you under such circumstances. Will you please accept my sincere sympathy?

From his appearance he was evidently caught by a splinter en route to the dressing station to have his wounds dressed and when I saw him this morning he was lying on a stretcher but not at all disfigured.

R.A.M.C. branch near by promised to bury him and mark his grave. I cannot write and tell you the exact position in which he fell, possibly you already know but it was on one of the hardest fought for ridges, taken from the Huns in the recent fighting.

Many of our chums fell in the
same fight and we who are left will do our best to avenge their loss.

Yours sincerely

Alec E. Samson
Sergeant N.Z.F.A.
13th. Battery.

Frank William HURST

Sapper 97873, 156th Field Company, Corps of Royal ENgineers. Killed in action 9th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted St. Ives, Hunts., resident Hilton. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 A and 8 D.

Harry JENNINGS

Private 17529, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 26th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 34. Born Haslingfield, Cambs., enlisted Cambridge. Son of William and Sarah Jennings; husband of Ellen Louisa Jessie Jennings, of Potton Rd., Hilton, St. Ives, Hunts. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

James ROSLYN

Private 702744, 23rd (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action 12th May 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 30. Born Buckworth, enlisted Huntingdon, resident Hilton. Son of George and Julia Roslyn, of 1, New England, Hilton, St. Ives, Hunts. Formerly 25138, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in Chester Farm Military Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave II. F. 1.

Noel Beaumont SOUPER

2nd Lieutenant. 6th Battalion, Royal berkshire Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Age 40. Son of the Rev. F. A. Souper, of Grantchester Meadows, Cambridge; husband of Rosalie F. Souper, of 54, Fitz James Avenue, London. W. 14. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 D

Cecil Hubert WRIGHT-INGLE, BWM

2nd Lieutenant, 19th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) attached to 2nd Battalion, Leinster Regiment. Killed in action 30th April 1916. Age 32. Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Wright-Ingle, of "Linkwood," Compton Place Rd., Eastbourne. M.A. (Cambridge). Barrister before joining up. Buried in Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave II. C. 4. Enlisted into the 19th (Public School) Battalion Royal Fusiliers on the 3rd of September 1914 at 64 Victoria Street, Westminster, London. He was born in 1883 in Barnet, Hertford. Wright-Ingle gave his occupation on enlistment as a barrister at law. He was appointed Lance-Corporal in May 1915 and was commissioned in July 1915. He went to France in March 1916 and was killed in action on the 30th of April 1916 while attached to the 2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment. His will shows his estate amounted to £8,869.

Bertram Carnac YATES

Private 16042, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 14th March 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 26. Born Hilton, enlisted Peterborough. Son of William and Mary B. Yates, of The Old Post Office, Hilton, St. Ives, Hunts. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 28 to 30

Lenham YATES

Stoker 1st Class, K/12517, H.M.S. "Aboukir.", Royal Navy who died on 22nd September 1914. Age 21. Son of William and Mary Yates, of The Old Post Office, Hilton, St. Ives, Hunts. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 6.

  Buried in churchyard but not on memorial

S JONES

Able Seaman, J/653 (Dev), "HMS Vivid" died 6th September 1919, aged 27. Buried at the north of west end of church in St. Mary Magdelene churchyard, Hilton.

28 March 2004

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