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Kimbolton - War Memorials

World War 1 Roll of Honour
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Phil Curme

Kimbolton is a treasure trove of World War 1 history and it has taken more than one page to do it justice.

Firstly. The beautiful stained glass window commemorating brothers (1) Lieutenant Henry Gordon Carter 8th Northumberland Fusiliers "who fell gloriously fighting against overwhelming odds at Suvla Bay on the 19th August 1915. Aged 25 years." Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey - and by this window in Kimbolton church. (2) Private Firmin Gordon Carter19th Battalion The London Regiment "Killed in action when fighting gallantly for his King and Country at Eaucourt Le Abbaye on the Somme between the 29th September and 2nd October 1916, aged 20 years". CWGC records say 2nd October 1916. Son of Frank and Edith Jane Carter of Kimbolton. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. The Carters were 1st cousins. Henry Gordon Carter was the son of Edwin and Emily Carter of 16 Colebrooke Avenue, W Ealing, (1911) and Firmin Gordon Carter the son of Frank and Edith Jane Carter of Kimbolton. Frank and Edwin were brothers, (Edwin 6 years older) The Gordon middle name is from their mother's maiden name. It is assumed that the families jointly commissioned the window.

Secondly, the war memorial featuring names rank and Regiment. Include two nurses.

Finally, there is a small memorial inside the church and also a framed Roll of Honour and an impressive brass memorial to Lieutenant Colonel Harry Marion Welstead. 9th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed 17th August 1915. Aged 54. Son of A H and C A Welstead of Stoneley Hall, Huntingdon. Served in the South African Campaign. Buried Hill 10 Cemetery Gallipoli, Turkey.

Last updated 7 June, 2011
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