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CAVENDISH WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2003 Lynda Smith
Grave transcriptions & photographs copyight © David Male 2008.

The War Memorial stands on The Village Green at Cavendish. There is also a hand-written Roll of Honour in the Parish Church and a plaque in the Memorial Hall. In the Memorial Hall is also a ships bell from HMS Cavendish.

Article extract:

The Foxearth and District Local History Society
September 30th 1916
There was a Memorial service in Cavendish Church for soldiers who have fallen in the war. Eight Cavendish soldiers have been killed:-John and William Ballard, H.C.Clarke, William Parmenter, Charles Slater, Albert Staff, in addition two Cavendish men who have left the village for some time have been killed in action, viz the brothers William and Harry Maxim. Thomas Bullock and Fred Wells have been missing for sometime and are presumed dead. During the week news has reached Cavendish that four soldiers have been wounded: viz A.Finch- P.Clark and J.Johnson of the Suffolks and W.R.Page of the London Scottish

Photographs above Copyright © Lynda Smith 2003
and below Martin Edwards 2005

Bell reads:

H.M.S.
CAVENDISH
1956

IN THANKFUL REMEMBRANCE
OF THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST
AND OF
THE MEN OF CAVENDISH
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR BRETHREN
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 – 1918

ADAMS Otto
Gunner 80990. 56th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action Monday 23 April 1917. Age 34. Son of the late Walter and Elizabeth Adams, of Cavendish, Suffolk. Buried in MINDEL TRENCH BRITISH CEMETERY, ST. LAURENT-BLANGY, Pas de Calais, France. PLot/Row/Section B. Grave 45.
ARGENT George William
Private 13216. "D" Company 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday 9 May 1917. Age 29. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Sudbury. Son of Mrs. Mary Ann Argent, of Ramally Lane, Cavendish. Buried in CAVENDISH CEMETERY, Suffolk, United Kingdom.

ARGENT

Stephen Henry
Private 805207, 75th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regt.). Died Thursday 1 March 1917. Age 24. Husband of Nellie Argent, of Rumburgh Lane, Spexhall, Halesworth, Suffolk, England. Buried in VILLERS STATION CEMETERY, VILLERS-AU-BOIS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VII. Row D. Grave 7.

From the National Archives of Canada - Accession Reference RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 216 - 9: Stephen Henry Argent was born 11 December 1892 in Cavendish, Suffolk. He emigrated to Canada where he worked as a labourer in Bowmanville, Ontario. 14 January 1916 he enlisted in the army in Bowmanville.

BALLARD

John
Private 13202. 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 5 August 1915. Age 25. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Sudbury. Son of Ada Ballard, of Cavendish, Suffolk, and the late Charles Ballard. Buried in SPOILBANK CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row E. Grave II.

BALLARD

William
Lance Corporal 8191. 1st Bn, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 18 February 1915. Age 23. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Sudbury. Son of Charles and Eliza Ballard, of The Church, Cavendish, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West- Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.

BROWN

John Felix
Lance Corporal 13212. 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 20 November 1917. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Sudbury. No known grave. Commemorated on RIBECOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Ref. Sp. Mem. A. 6.

BULLOCK

Victor William
Private 20653. 5th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Formerly 25060 Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Monday 9 April 1917. Age 21. Born and enlisted Cavendish. Son of Arthur and Jane Bullock, of Poole St., Cavendish, Suffolk. Buried in TILLOY BRITISH CEMETERY, TILLOY-LES-MOFFLAINES, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 32.

CLARK

Hugh Cuthbert
Lance Corporal 24048. "B" Company 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 9 August 1916. Age 23. Born and enlisted Cavendish. Son of Hugh and Ellen Clark, of Cavendish, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

CLARRY

Sidney Basil
Private 6704. 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died Wednesday 24 July 1918. Age 32. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Sudbury. Son of Mrs. Phoebe Clarry, of High St., Cavendish, Suffolk. Buried in BERLIN SOUTH-WESTERN CEMETERY, Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany. Plot II. Row H. Grave 3.

FITCH

Fred
Lance Corporal 14304. "C" Company 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 20 September 1917. Age 29. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Sudbury. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Fitch, of Houghton Hall, Cavendish; husband of Mrs. B. M. Fitch of Poole St., Cavendish, Suffolk. Buried in MAZINGARBE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 4.

HALE

Osborne
Private 30016. 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 14 October 1917. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Halstead. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.

HARTLEY

Trafalgar Percy
Private TF/203367. 2nd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 1 August 1917. Age 33. Born and enlisted Cavendish. Son of the late Edward James and Mary Ann Hartley, of Cavendish, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 49 and 51.

HUTCHINSON

Charles Neville
Private 2296. 1st Battalion, London Regt (Royal Fusiliers). Killed in action Saturday 7 October 1916. Age 23. Lived Walthamstow. Enlisted Handel Street. Son of John and Rachel Hutchinson, of School House, Cavendish, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 D and 16 B.

INCE

Claud E. S.
Private 146535. 34th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Inf). Killed in action Thursday 25 July 1918. Age 18. Born and lived Cavendish. Enlisted Colchester. Son of the late John Ince and of Emma Ince, of Lower St., Cavendish, Suffolk. Buried in RAPERIE BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLEMONTOIRE, Aisne, France. Section I. Plot A. Row D. Grave 7.

JOHNSON

Richard (Dick)
Private 59484. 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 29 September 1918. Age 20. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Sudbury. Son of Charles and Eliza Johnson, of Cavendish, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 7.

JOHNSON

Jack
Private 13205. 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Friday 4 May 1917. Age 21. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Sudbury. Son of Charles and Eliza Johnson, of Near Hall Gates, Cavendish, Suffolk. Buried in HAPPY VALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, FAMPOUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 10.

JOHNSON

Frank

Private 784905. "C" Company, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regt.) Died Sunday 26 August 1917. Age 29. Son of Walter and Elizabeth Johnson, of Hardys Yard, Cavendish, Suffolk, England. No known grave. Commemorated on VIMY MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.

From the National Archives of Canada - Accession Reference RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4864 - 44: Frank Johnson was born 12 February 1887 in Cavendish. He emigrated to Canada where he worked as a farm labourer in Winona, Ontario. He enlisted on 29 January 1916.

KING

Arthur
Sapper WR/290327. 96th Light Rly. Operating Company, Royal Engineers. Died Wednesday 4 December 1918. Age 28. Husband of Florence Kate King, of Lower St., Cavendish, Suffolk. Buried in CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section Q. Grave 149.

MAXIM

Harry
Private 3163. 1st Company, Australian Machine Gun Corps. Killed in actiion Wednesday 19 July 1916. Buried in BAPAUME POST MILITARY CEMETERY, ALBERT, Somme, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 4.

From the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour Website: Harry Maxim was born in Cavendish. He joined the Bury St Edmunds Militia, before emigrating to Australia when he was 23, where he worked as a butcher. He enlisted in the army in Hay, New South Wales, and was 29 when he died.

MAXIM

William
Service no. 4312, 1st Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Enlisted 1st July 1895, aged 18 years 8 months. Born Cavendish. Labourer by trade. Served in the militia, 3/Suffolk Regiment. Height 5 feet 4¾ inches, weight 114lbs, chest 35 inches, complexion fair, eyes blue, hair fair. Religious denomination Wesleyan Methodist. Son of Robert and Caroline Maxim, of Cavendish. In the 1891 census he was aged 14, a maltster, son of Robert and Caroline, born Cavendish, resident 86 Chapel Street, Cavendish. Death recorded March to April Quarter 1922, aged 36, in the Sudbury Registration District, Suffolk.

PARMENTER

(William) James
Corporal 17437. 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 28 April 1917. Age 21. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Sudbury. Son of Mr. G. W. and Mrs. S. A. Parmenter, of The Wash, Cavendish, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.

PARMENTER

Samuel Alderson
Private 40564. 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Formerly 4249 Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Friday 13 October 1916. Born and enlisted Sudbury. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

PARMENTER

William H
Private 7307. 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 26 August 1914. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Sudbury. Buried in LE CATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot IV. Row G. Grave 2.

SAVAGE

Robert
Lance Corporal 14415. 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 16 September 1916. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Sudbury. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

SKEEMER

Walter Arthur
Corporal 34708, D/182nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 14 December 1915 in Motting Hill, London W. (UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929) Death registered in the October to December Quarter 1915, aged 36, in the Kensington Residtration District, London. (Volume 1a, page 216). Birth registered in the January to March Quarter 1880 in the Sudbury Registration District, Suffolk. In the 1881 census he was the son of Thomas and Jane Skeemer, aged 1, born Cavendish, resident Chapel Street, Cavendish. In the 1891 census he was the son of Thomas and Jane Skeemer, aged 11, scholar, born Cavendish, resident Church Corner, Peacocks Road, Cavendish.

SLATER

Charles
Private 13209. 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 24 October 1915. Age 23. Born Glemsford. Enlisted Sudbury. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Wells, of The Green, Cavendish, Suffolk. Buried in LA BRIQUE MILITARY CEMETERY No.2, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row O. Grave 26.

STAFF

Albert
Lance Corporal 26/1102, 4th Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Died of wounds 15 August 1917. Aged 29. Son of Elijah and Harriett Staff, of 67, Helmingham, Stowmarket. Buried in TROIS ARBRES CEMETERY, STEENWERCK, Nord, France. Plot I. Row W. Grave 5.

UNDERWOOD

Frank William
Private 13213. 15th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday 25 September 1918. Age 32. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Sudbury. Son of Frank Henry and E. Underwood, of Poole St., Cavendish. Buried in CAVENDISH CEMETERY, Suffolk, United Kingdom.

WELLS

Arthur
Private 13215. 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday 13 September 1916. Age 22. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Sudbury. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Wells, of High St., Cavendish, Suffolk. Buried in GUILLEMONT ROAD CEMETERY, GUILLEMONT, Somme, France. Plot VIII. Row C. Grave 3.

WELLS

Edward Thomas
Private 20374. 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday 11 October 1916. Age 25. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Colchester. Son of Cepha Thomas Wells, of Clogg Villa, Cavendish, Suffolk. Buried in RATION FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, LA CHAPELLE-D'ARMENTIERES, Nord, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 6.

WELLS

Frederick
Private 20373. 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 20 July 1916. Age 24. Born Cavendish. Enlisted Colchester. Son of George Cornelious Wells, of Houghton Hall, Cavendish, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

WORLDEY

Charles Albert
Private 59064. 18th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Formerly 26366 Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Tuesday 4 December 1917. Born and enlisted Cavendish. Buried in ROCQUIGNY-EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, MANANCOURT, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row B. Grave 13.

WORLDEY

William John
Private 282543. 2nd/7th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action Wednesday 10 October 1917. Age 27. Enlisted Cavendish. Son of Mrs. Margaret Worldey, of High St., Cavendish, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54 to 60 and 163A
1939 – 1945

ANDREWS

Peter Frederick
Sapper 2092046. 209 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died Thursday 3 September 1942. Son of John Charles Andrews and of Alice Marie Andrews (nee Smith), of Cavendish, Suffolk; nephew of Ethel Andrews, of Cavendish. Buried in EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot XXI. Row B. Grave 22.

BROWN

Victor
No further information available at present.

FRENCH

Reginald
No further information available at present.

JOHNSON

Eleanor
Sergeant 891600. Women's Aux. Air Force. Died Wednesday 18 March 1942. Age 22. Daughter of Arthur and Millicent Eleanor Johnson, of Cavendish. Buried in CAVENDISH CEMETERY, Suffolk, United Kingdom.

TAYLOR

Cyril Arthur
Able Seaman C/JX 301391. H.M.S. Curacoa, Royal Navy. Died Friday 2 October 1942. Age 20. Son of Harry and Muriel G. R. Taylor, of Cavendish, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom. Panel 56, Column 2.

THARBY

William
Gunner 14370835. 75 Anti-Tank Regt., Royal Artillery. Died Tuesday 24 July 1945. Age 38. Son of William and Mary Elizabeth Tharby, of Cavendish, Suffolk; husband of Daisy Ellen Tharby, of Cavendish. Buried in OVERLOON WAR CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 9.
Cyprus 1956

DOE

William Rpbert
Gunner 23159758, 50 Medium Regiment, Royal Regiment of Artillery. Killed 20th October 1956 when the vehicle he was travelling in struck an electronically operated landmine on the Polis to Ktima road. Aged 19. Born 17 January 1937. Buried in Wayne's Keep Military Cemetery, Nicosia. Section 23. Row C. Grave 4.

HQ Cyprus District:

We regret to report the deaths yesterday of:

L/Bmdr. E B Morgan,
50 Medium Regiment,
Royal Regiment of Artillery

~and~

Gnr. W R Doe,
50 Medium Regiment,
Royal Regiment of Artillery

L/Bmdr. Edward Morgan, 23, and Gnr. William Doe, 19, were killed when their vehicle struck an electronically operated landmine on the Polis to Ktima road. Both men are to be buried in Wayne's Keep Military Cemetery, Nicosia. Tracker dogs were deployed as soon as the authorities became aware of the incident. The dogs led their handlers to the village of Polemi, where a terrorist, evidently thinking he had been surrounded, attempted to flee. Marksmen immediately opened fire on the fugitive, who was subsequently captured. Unfortunately, an eleven-year-old Greek Cypriot male was accidentally shot by one of the soldiers. The child was evacuated by helicopter to Nicosia General Hospital, where he is beleived to be in a stable condition.

Buried in the cemetery but not on the memorial

CHESHIRE, VC, OM, DSO, DFC

(Sir) Leonard
Group Captain. Born 7th September 1917. Died 31st July 1992. Also buried in the same grave Sue Ryder (Baroness Ryder of Warsaw), CMG, OBE. Born 3rd July 1924. Died 2nd November 200.

HART

L E O T (Pat)
Lieutenant Colonel. Born 4th April 1914. Died 30th September 1990.

KENNETT

William
Major. Retired. Died 18th January 1986. Aged 79. Husband of Clare Bennett.

ORROCK, DFC

Roy
Air Commodore. Royal Air Force.

ZAREMBSKI

Wincesty
Colonel. Polish Army. Listed as having been decorated with (.C.) Cross for Valour, Gold Cross Merit, D.S.O., Defence Medal, Legionad Honneur, Croix de Guerre. Born 8th March 1897.Died 7th September 1966 at Sue Ryder Home.

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