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HARGRAVE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 & Suez - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2013

The Hargrave War Memorial stands in the grounds of All Saints Parish Church, Hargrave. It takes the form of a wheel cross with a tapering shaft; the cross is mounted on a rough hewn granite base with three steps. There are ten names listed for World War 1. A tablet sits at the base of the memorial with one name for World War 2 and one for Suez.

Photograph Copyright © Marie Edwards 2013

1914 - 1919
LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER
SEE TO IT THAT THESE NAMES
BE NOT FORGOTTEN

ABBOTT Arthur Ernest
Private 267114, 2/7th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 21 March 1918. Born in the Jul-Sep Quater 1881, and resident, Hargrave, enlisted Northampton. In the 1901 census he was single, aged 20, son of John and Sarah Jane Boultbee, an Army Shoe Closer, born Raunds, resident Hargrave. In the 1911 census he was still unmarried, a Farm Labourer, born Raunds, resident Hargrave. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.
BOULTBEE Arthur Elsdale
Lieutenant, Northamptonshire Regiment and 25 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Missing reported killed in action 17 March 1917. Aged 19. Son of the Revd. Frederick Croxall Boultbee and Henrietta Eleanor Boultbee, of "Arnion Lodge", The Avenue, Combe Down, Bath, Somerset. Brother of Joseph (below). In 1911 he was a boarder at Horeward Hall, Ely, aged 13, born Colne, Hunts. In 1901 he was living with his parents Rev. Frederick and Henrietta Boultbee, aged 3, born Colne, resident The Vicarage, Melchbourne. His medal card states that his father's address was Hargrave Rectory, Huntingdon. Buried in CANADIAN CEMETERY NO.2, NEUVILLE-ST. VAAST, Pas de Calais, France. Plot 11. Row A. Grave 2.
BOULTBEE Joseph Maxwell
Private 20297, 10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 22 April 1915. Aged 25. Born 8 May 1889. Son of the Rev. F. C. and Henrietta Eleanor Boultbee (nee Molson), of Hargrave Rectory. Brother of Arthur (above). Working as a Rancher. Unmarried. Passed fit 5 September 1914, enlisted 22 September 1914 at Valcartier, Canada, aged 25 years 6 months, height 5 feet 9 inches, girth 36 inches, complexion fair, eyes blue, hair fair; religion Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 24 - 28 - 30. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 924 - 3
COLES Ernest William
Private 7513, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 18 July 1916. Aged 28. Born Lavendon, enlisted Northampton. Son of Herbert and Sophia Coles; husband of Mabel Frances Sophia Coles, of Hargrave. In the 1911 census he had been married for 3 years to Mabel, he was aged 23, a Leasther Boot Maker. born Lavendon, resident Hargrave; he had one daughter, Eva, born Hargrave. Sent to the front 12 November 1914. Buried in CONTALMAISON CHATEAU CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 6.
HILLS Ernest George
Private 22278, 5th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 6 May 1917. Born Hargreave, Northants (sic - s/b Hargrave), enlisted Rushden. Son of Samuel and Sarah Hills, of Hargrave. In the 1911 census he was the son of Samuel and Sarah Coles, aged 14, working on a farm, born and resident Hargrave. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row K. Grave 11.
MURCHISON Kenneth Bickersteth
Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion attached 8th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Killed in action 22 August 1917. Aged 19. Son of Charles Kenneth Murchison, M.P. and H. Evelyn Murchison, of Hargrave Hall, nr. Kimbolton, Hunts. In the 1911 census he was a pupil at The School, Rottingdean, Sussex, aged 13, born London, Middlesex. Went to France 14 May 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 38.
NEWTON Richard Francis
Private 33671, 8th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Died 11 October 1917. Aged 19. Born Upper Dean, enlisted Bedford, resident Nether Dean. Son of Francis Isaac and Emma Frances Newton, of Nether Dean, Kimbolton. in 1911 he was a boarder at The College, Kimbolton, aged 12, born Dean, Beds. In 1901 he was aged 2, born Dean, beds, and resident Lower Dean. His parents were both born in Hargrave. Formerly 32656, Norfolk Regiment. When he enlisted his occupation was Driver (Threshing Machine), aged 18 years 9 months, height 5 feet 101/10 inches, girth 38½ inches, weight 145lbs. He sailed from Folkestone to Boulogne 26 August 1917, posted to 9th Norfolk Regiment as 32656, for record purposes, 7 September 1917. Transferred to 8th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment as 33671 13 September 1917. When his medals were despatched his parents were living in Hargrave. The Rev. Boultbee, fther of the sons above, was rector at Hargrave Rectory and signed some of the documents relating to Richard Newton. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 125 to 128.
NICHOLSON George Fred
Private 13156, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 May 1915. Born Barnwell, Northants, enlisted Northampton. On his medal card 15 October 1920, his father, Frederick Nicholson was rsident at Bottom Farm, Hargrave. Went to France 27 January 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 28 to 30.
NICHOLSON Harold Watford
Private 3096, 1/4th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died in Egypt 21 October 1915. Born Hargrave, enlisted Rushden. In the 1911 census he was the son of Eliza Nicholson, a widow, aged 20, a Farm Labourer, born and resident Hargrave. Sent to the Balkans 29 July 1915. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section F. Grave 7.
YORKE John William
Private 30930, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 22 March 1918. Born Hargrave, enlisted Northampton. In them 1911 census he was the son of Joseph and Rose Annie Yorke, aged 14, a Farm Labourer, born and resident Hargrave. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 54 to 56.
1939-1945
CREW William Denys
Flying Officer (PIlot) 127527, 55 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 20 October 1943. Aged 23. Son of Frederick Denys Crew, and of Mary Lilian Crew, of Mudeford, Christchurch, Hampshire. B.A. (Cantab.). Buried in CASSINO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot XVII. Row A. Grave 10. (Relationship to Hargrave not understood but he is the only man that fits).
SUEZ
DIXON Colin [John]
Driver 22682695, Royal Army Service Corps. Born 18 March 1934. Died 11 January 1954 in Egypt. Aged 19. Buried in Egypt.
NOT ON MEMORIAL BUT COMMEMORATED IN GRAVEYARD
MERRICK James Leonard aka Jim
Major EC/1167, 1st Battalion, 11th Sikh Regiment. Died in Burma 21 February 1945. Son of Thomas Henry and Clara Mauritia Merrick, of Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire. Mentioned in Desptaches (MiD). Buried in TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot 21. Row J. Grave 4.

Last updated 17 November, 2013

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