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World War 1 & 2 - Deatiled information
Compiled and copyright © 2007 Chris Harley
extra information kindly supplied by Richard Hillier

Both the World War 1 and World War 2 memorials are to the ex-King's School Pupils and is to be found inside St Sprite’s Chapel within Peterborough Cathedral. The World War 1 mmeorial takes the form of a stone tablet with the the name and arms of the school carved and painted within the pediment, with a green wreath and gold inscription beneath the names. There are 29 names listed of those who gave their lives. The memorial was unveiled on 21st March 1921. The World War 2 memorials takes the same form as the World War 1 memorial and lists the names of 30 who gave their lives. Carved in wood the date of the unveiling is given as 17th July 1949 with a further date of 23rd October 1950 carved in stone.

Photographs copyright © 2007 Chris Harley


1914 - 1918


Joseph Keith

Captain 4th Bn Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 27th September 1918. Age 26. Son of Joseph and Katie Alice Batten, of Park Corner, Peterborough. Buried MOEUVRES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION Grave I.A.16. ODGW shows Bn as 5th.


Leonard William

Second Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps (formerly 4th Bn Hampshire Regiment & 8th Isle of Wight Rifles (Princess Beatrice’s Bn)) Killed in action 6th July 1917. Buried BULLY-GRENAY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, BRITISH EXTENSION Grave IV. B. 9.

Additional Information Commissioned from Inns of Court OTC to Hampshire Regiment to be 2/Lt on probation 8th June 1916 (LG 14th June 1916), seconded for duty with RFC 16th March 1917 (LG 10th April 1917), LG 11-4-1917 War Office, 11th April, 1917, REGULAR FORCES.ROYAL FLYING CORPS.

Mil. Wing.—The undermentioned appts are made: —

Flying Officers.—2nd Lt. (on prob.) L. W. Brooks, Hamps. R., T.F., and to be secd.

2Lt L W Brooks (pilot) and Lt William Campbell (observer, from Perthshire, Scotland, and formerly with the Royal Field Artillery) were flying Armstrong Whitworth FK 8 A2726 on an Artillery Observation mission over Lievin when they were killed in action after combat with 6 enemy aircraft. A2726 came down near Cité-Calonne.

Leutnant Günther Pastor of Jasta 29 claimed a 'BE' west of Lens at 1425; this was probably A2726. It was Pastor's second and last victory; he was killed in Fokker Dr.I 121/17 of Jasta 1 over Moorslede on 31 October 1917.

1891 Census lists him as resident in a baker’s shop Church St, Peterborough aged 5 son of John W Brooks (born 1858 Emneth, Norfolk) & Emma (born Birmingham 1859). He entered the Inns of Court OTC on 19th July 1915 serving in 4 & 6 Companies & his service no was 4953.

Peterborough Advertiser 14-7-1917 -

Second Lieutenant Leonard William Brooks, Hampshire Regiment, attached to the RFC, elder son of Mr and Mrs J W Brooks of Church Street and Broadway, Peterborough, was killed in action last Friday in France. The bad news reached Peterborough on Tuesday in an official telegram from the War Office, and caused widespread sympathy with the bereaved parents and relatives of the deceased officer. Lt. Brooks, who was 32 years of age, was educated at Barton School, Wisbech and Kings School, Peterborough. On leaving school he was apprenticed to a leading London chef, and for a short period was with Messrs Spiers and Pond the well known refreshment caterers. Later he joined the White Star Line and in five or six weeks he was acting as a chef, he visited all parts of the world. A few years ago he started up for himself in the corn trade but twelve months after the outbreak of war he sold his business and joined the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps. Afterwards he was gazetted to the Hampshire Regiment which was stationed on the Isle of Wight, volunteering for aerial service, he went through a course of instruction at Reading and in due course gained his pilots certificate before proceeding to France in the first week of April. Lt Brooks flew over his native city on several occasions. His only brother, Thomas is in France, and also in the RFC. A curious coincidence occured a short time ago. Lt Brooks was using a telephone one day when his message was received by his younger brother who recognised his voice, and finding themselves only eight miles apart the brothers very soon had a reunion. In Lt Brooks Peterborough loses another of its gallant citizens and a young life full of promise. A courageous and gallant officer, he entered the most perilous of his country's arms, and there, worthily maintained the highest traditions of the Corps to which he belonged. His kindly disposition and generous nature were both treasured by many whose privilege itwas to count him their friend, and his name will be added to the already long roll of Peterborough Honoured Heroes who have paid the supreme sacrifice. On Thursday Mr Brooks received a letter from the Commander of the Air Squadron, Captain Reginald Cooper, dated 7th July in which he said: "I am sorry to tell you that your son was brought down yesterday, and both he and his observer, Lt W Campbell were killed. They were working with the artillery when they were attacked by hostile machines, and I will send the full particulars of the grave to the Graves Registration Commision. Your son is a great loss to us for he was doing exceedingly well, please accept my deepest sympathy." He is also listed on the Emneth (Norfolk) & Elm (Cambridgeshire) War Memorials.


Jack Victor

14647 Private, 7th Northamptonshire Regiment. Born All Saints, Peterborough Enlisted Peterborough. Killed in action 25th September 1915 at Loos, France. Age 18. Son of Charles Wells Burks, of Eastfield, Peterborough. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL. Brother of below.


Charles Percy

[Listed a P C BURKS on memorial] 1456, Private, 48th Australian Imperial Force. Killed in action 6th August 1916 at Pozieres, France. Age 23. Son of Charles Wells Burks, of "The Firs," Eastfield, Peterborough, England, and the late Martha W. Burks. Commemorated on VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL, SOMME. Brother of above.


George Lionel

Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery.Died result of gas poisoning received in action 2nd January 1920 at Wye, Kent. 'Peterborough Hotel', St. Leonards Street.


Bertrand Thorold

Second Lieutenant 3rd Bn Somerset Light Infantry. Killed in action 16th November 1916. Age 39. Son of the Rev. William Chippindall, formerly vicar of Tilton-on-the-Hill, Leicestershire. Engaged in Tea and Rubber planting in Ceylon when he volunteered for active service and returned to England in 1915. Buried ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL Grave VI. F. 50.


James Hugh

Major Royal Field Artillery "B" Bty. 317th Bde. Died of wounds 7th May 1917. Age 31. Son of James Clapperton, M.D., and Charlotte Etherington Clapperton, of 119, Lincoln Rd., Peterborough, Northants. Native of Broughton, Hants. Buried ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY Grave XVII. C. 14.


Cyril George

Lieutenant Huntingdonshire Cyclist Bn att 2/8th Bn Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 27th August 1917 in the Third Battle of Ypres, at St. Julien. Age 20. Son of George A. S. and Jessie Crick, of Springfield, Thorpe Rd., Peterborough. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 154.


Percy James Deane

Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery C Bty 64th Bde. Died of wounds 25th November 1917. Age 29. Son of James & Mary Annie Flecknoe of Peterborough (Church St). Buried NINE ELMS BRITISH CEMETERY Grave IX.A.11



Possibly Vernon P Gaches 11845 Private 3rd Regt. (Inf.) South African Infantry. Died 21st September 1917. Age 37. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Gaches. Commemorated YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL  


William Orr

Second Lieutenant 3rd Bn Norfolk Regiment attached 70th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died 1st July 1916. Age 28. Son of the Rev. William Henry and Elizabeth Hampton, of The Vicarage, Pondsbridge, Huntingdon. Buried LONSDALE CEMETERY, AUTHUILE  Grave IV. A. 2.



Eric Curruthers

2615 Private 19th Bn Middlesex Regiment. Born Peterborough Enlisted London Residence Charlton Kent. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Age 20. Son of George Thomas and Kathleen Mary Leigh, of "Thorpleigh", Stockens Green, Knebworth, Stevenage, Herts. Buried SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No.1  Grave II. B. 15. Chorister. SDGW lists Bn as 16th


Frederick Daniel

27678 Corporal 14th Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Born & Resident Peterborough. Enlisted Holborn, London. Killed in action 10th July 1916. Age 17. Son of Mr. Frederick William and Mrs. J. Moyer, of 32, Fitzwilliam St., Peterborough. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.  Chorister.


Percy Walter

Lieutenant, 52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Killed in action 12th October 1916. Born Sutton, Cambridgeshire 20th November 1885. Son of Elizabeth peach of Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Accountant by trade. Church of England. Enlisted at Winnipeg, Manitoba 10th February 1916, originally enlisted 24th June 1915, aged 30, passed fit 15th September 1915. Height 5 feet 9½ inches, girth 40 inches, complexion dark, eyes brown, hair black. Buried in the north-east corner of ST. LEONARD CHURCHYARD, CHESHAM BOIS, Buckinghamshire. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7675 - 34


Robert Portway

333 Trooper 11th Australian Light Horse. Killed in action 25th September 1918. Age 26. Son of Leopold and Annie Pledger, of The Willows, Lime Tree Avenue, Peterborough, England. Buried HAIFA WAR CEMETERY Grave B 56. Australian Roll of Honour 


George Nicholas

Second Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery 156th Bde. Killed in action 28th November 1916. Buried POINT-DU-JOUR MILITARY CEMETERY, ATHIES Grave I. A. 5.  



No further information currently


Frederick Wardale

Chorister. 14810 Lance Sergeant , 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 14th July 1916. Aged 25. Born St. Mark's, Peterborough, enlisted Peterborough. Son of Mrs. Smith, of Alms Rooms, Minster Precincts, Peterborough. Entered King's School in September 1900 as a Chorister. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAl MEMORIAl, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A and 11 D.


Charles Foote

Second Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 30th June 1916. Buried LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE CEMETERY Grave II. C. 30.   


Robert John

Second Lieutenant 6th Bn. attached 2nd Bn King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 20th August 1916. Age 28. Son of Thomas and Hannah Stokes, of Broadway House, Broadway, Dorset. B.A. Cambridge. Buried DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL Grave XIX. N. 2.


Gerald Talbot

2292 Rifleman "A" Coy. 9th Bn. London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles). Enlisted London Resident Croydon. Killed in action 14th March 1915. Age 30. Youngest son of the late Rev. W. D. Sweeting, late Vicar of Maxey, Northants. Buried PROWSE POINT MILITARY CEMETERY Grave I. F. 6.  



Second Lieutenant 7th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 7th September 1918. Age 23. Son of Charles and Annie Elizabeth Taylor, of 81, Mayor's Walk, Peterborough. Buried VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY Grave III. M. 11. Chorister.


Horace James

Corporal 4th Bn Bedfordshire Regiment formerly 2602 Northamptonshire Regiment. Born, enlisted & resident Peterborough. Killed in action 14th February 1917. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Taylor, of 24, All Saints Rd., Peterborough, Northants. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Chorister.


John Cecil Caster

Second Lieutenant 28th Bn London Regiment (Artists' Rifles) attd 1st Bn Scots Guards. Killed in action 25th January 1915. Commemorated LE TOURET MEMORIAL



Lieutenant 1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 4th October 1917. Age 19. Son of Charles Tomson Vergette and Mary Vergette, of Priestgate, Peterborough, Northants. Commemorated TYNE COT MEMORIAL  


Frank Henry

267565 Private 1st/1st Bucks Bn Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Born Hampstead, Middlesex Enlisted Huntingdon Resident Peterborough. Killed in action 15th August 1916. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL


John Douglas Barford

Major Huntingdon Cyclist Battalion attd. 1st/1st Bucks Bn Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Killed in action 10th March 1917. Age 23. Son of Clara Edith Warwick, of 103, Park Rd., Peterborough, and the late Harry James Warwick. Buried HEM FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, HEM-MONACU Grave II. L. 7.


Sidney Archer

Second Lieutenant 4th Bn Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action 24th August 1918. Buried ROCLINCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY Grave IV. E. 13. Assistant Master.


John Thomas

TF/1430 Private 2nd/10th Bn Middlesex Regiment. Born Woodston Nthants Enlisted Battersea, Surrey. Killed in action 12th August 1915. Age 21. Son of Nathaniel and Eliza Woolley, of 251, Oundle Rd., Peterborough. Commemorated BASRA MEMORIAL. SDGW lists Bn as 1/10th. Chorister.

PRO DEO 1914 1918 PRO REGE



"To the Glory of God and in emembrance of the old boys of the
Kings School Peterborough who gave their lives for their country in the Second World War




Probably Anthony Levoir Barber P/JX 354529 Able Seaman H.M.L.C.F. (L) 1. Died 17th August 1944. Son of Bertram and Annie Barber; husband of Doris Edna Barber, of Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Commemorated PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL 


Richard Anthony

307871 Lieutenant 2nd Bn Scots Guards. Died 9th April 1945. Buried RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY Grave 12.J10.


Albert Edward

1524402 Lance Bombardier Royal ArtilleryH.Q. 27 Lt. A.A. Regt. Died 16th May 1943. Age 41. Son of Walter Herbert and Edith Ellen Cleaver; husband of Florence Jessica Cleaver, of Rothwell, Northamptonshire. Buried ENFIDAVILLE WAR CEMETERY I.D.21.


John Arthur

1600603 Flight Sergeant (Nav.) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 6th February 1945. Age 21. Buried OUNDLE CEMETERY Sec. L.L. Grave 23.


Peter Charles

62714 Captain Royal Horse Artillery 104 (The Essex Yeomanry) Regt. Died 28th October 1942. Age 32. Son of Charles William and Ettie Gertrude Crick, of Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Represented his County at Rugby Football. Buried EL ALAMEIN CEMETERY Grave V.G.25.



J or F DINGLEY - Died of wounds before 1943. No further information currently available


John Robert

1471352 Sergeant (Air Bomber) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 50 Squadron. Died 19th March 1944. Age 22. Son of Frank J. Ellis and Lillian Ellis, of Peterborough, Northamptonshire; husband of Betty May Ellis, of Peterborough. Buried DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY Grave 1.H.16.


Anthony Caron

19018 Group Captain (Pilot) Royal Air Force 80 Squadron. Died 21st February 1945. Age 43. Son of Anthony Arthur and Margaret Ann Evans; husband of Joyce Mary Evans-Evans, of Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Buried MIERLO WAR CEMETERY Grave VIII.D.5.  Also on Stilton War Memorial


Roland Gwynne

123750 Flight Lieutenant Royal Air Force 2804 Squadron. Died 2nd October 1944. Age 30. Son of Anthony Arthur and Margaret Ann Evans-Evans; husband of Hilda Evans-Evans, of Stilton, Huntingdonshire. Buried LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY Grave VI.D.16. Also on Stilton War Memorial


John Michael

102556 Pilot Officer (Pilot), 122 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25th January 1942. Aged 23. Son of the Revd. Thomas Frederic Fisher, B.A., and Edith Marion Fisher, of Llangrove, Herefordshire. B.A. (Cantab.): Selwyn College. Buried in STILTON CEMETERY, Huntingdonshire. Grave 87. Also on Stilton War Memorial



Sergeant (Pilot), Royal Air Force. 'Missing' during or before 1944. possibly Alfred Flint, 1163046, Sergeant (Observer), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 5th December 1941. Aged 28. Son of Harry and Lilla Evelyn Flint, of Bushby. Buried in ST. PETER CHURCHYARD, BRAUNSTONE, Leicestershire.


James Montague

6020049 Private Essex Regiment. Died 11th May 1940. Age 20. Son of Charles Edward and Fanny Francis of Peterborough. Buried PETERBOROUGH (EASTFIELD) CEMETERY Div. 1. Block 11. Grave 4208.



Sub-Lieutenant, Fleet Air Arm. probably William George GIBSON, Sub-Lieutenant (A), H.M.S. Indefatigable, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 1st April 1945. Son of William George and Charlotte Emily Gibson, of Boars Hill, Oxford. No known grave. Commemorated on LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Bay 6, Panel 4.


John Denzil

128889 Flying Officer (Pilot) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 102 Squadron. Died 28th May 1943. Age 24. Buried WIERINGEN (HIPPOLYTUSHOEF) GENERAL CEMETERY Plot C. Row 13. Coll. grave 378-380.



Accidentally killed during or before 1944. Probably Neil McCarthy 64291 Pilot Officer Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th July 1941. Age 21. Son of John Payne McCarthy, and of May McCarthy, of Greetham, Rutland. Buried BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY Grave 20.B.8.


Philip Holme

Died 8th August 1943. Served in the Royal Army Service Corps, but discharged September 1942, and subsequently worked at Brotherhood’s factory possibly on munitions work.


Roy Albert James

6094576 Private 2nd Bn Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Died 16th November 1943. Age 26. Son of Francis Albert and Emily Victoria Mitchem, of Paston, Northamptonshire. Buried LEROS WAR CEMETERY Grave 2.D.11.   


Charles Hugh

Flight Sergeant (Pilot), 77 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30th March 1943. Buried in BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY, Berlin, Berlin, Germany. Plot 2. Row L. Collective grave 12-16.


John Harold Tearl

42020 Flight Lieutenant Royal Air Force 82 Squadron. Died of wounds as a POW 6th December 1942. Buried BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY Grave 8. E. 37.


Christopher John Stafford

580416 Sergeant (Observer) Royal Air Force 103 Squadron. Died 10th May 1940. Age 20. Son of Stafford George and Lilias Helen Poole, of Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Buried HOTTON WAR CEMETERY Grave III.E.10. 



1179958 Flight Sergeant (Pilot) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 112 Squadron. Killed in action 2nd October 1942. Age 20. Son of George and Sophie Lillian Rae, of Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Buried EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY Grave XXXIII. D. 7.  



Merchant Navy. 'Missing' during or before 1944. Probably George Andrew RODGERS, Fourth Engineer Officer, M.V. Darkdale (Glasgow), Merchant Navy. Died 22nd October 1941. Aged 27. Husband of Mary Rodgers of Greenock. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 34.



EC/5211 Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, 12th Frontier Force Regiment, Indian Army. Killed in action 11th May 1944. Aged 32.Son of Henry and Alice Sanders, of Skegness, Lincolnshire; husband of Kittie Sanders. Buried in KIRKEE WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 10. Row J. Grave 3.



Apprentice Merchant Navy S.S. Clarissa Radcliffe (London). Died 9th March 1943. Age 17. Son of Jack and Kate Shepperson, of Ramsey, Huntingdonshire. Commemorated TOWER HILL MEMORIAL.


Ronald [Arthur]

42654 Pilot Officer (Pilot) Royal Air Force. Accidentally killed near Shrewsbury 31st March 1940. Age 19. Son of Edward and May Sims, of Peterborough. Buried PETERBOROUGH (EASTFIELD) CEMETERY Div. 1. Block 17. Grave 7059.  



Probably Thomas Edward Teanby 1809870 Sergeant (Air Gnr.) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 640 Sqdn. Died 14th February 1945. Age 23. Son of George Edward and Mabel Blanche Teanby, of Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Buried DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY Coll. grave 5. A. 7-10.  



Captain. No further information currently available


Windsor Francis Richard

1320645 Sergeant Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 207 Sqdn. Died 25th November 1942. Age 19. Son of Leslie William and Florence Lily Webb, of Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Commemorated RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL. 


Kenneth Edward

61941 Pilot Officer Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 451 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn. Died 12th November 1941. Age 23. Commemorated ALAMEIN MEMORIAL.


Anthony Arthur

1324622 Sergeant (Bomb Aimer) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23rd April 1944. Age 29. Son of Arthur Frank and Hilda Mary Whittome, husband of Freda Whittome of Castor, Northamptonshire. Buried THORNEY CEMETERY Grave 448.   


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