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CAMBRIDGE OUR LADY AND THE ENGLISH MARTYRS (ROMAN CATHOLIC) CHURCH WAR MEMORIAL

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This memorial is to be found in the Church of Our Lady and The English Martyrs (formerly St. Andrew), Hills Road, Cambridge. It takes the form of an elaborate gothic wall monument, surmounted by gilded figure of St George and the dragon with shields of our lady (left) and St John Fisher (fish and ears of corn). There are 21 names listed for World War 1 only. The names here have been sorted into alphabetical order for ease of reading and research. The memorila was designed by Mr B. Maclean (Architect). The memorial was unveiled and dedicated by the Bishop of the Diocese (the Right Rev. F. W. Keating, D.D., Bishop of Northampton) 2 December 1920. Those listed appear to have attended the church but without specific Cambridge connections such as University students.

Our Lady And The English Martyrs © Brian Mawdsley (WMR-1302)

Extract from Cambridge Daily News - Friday 3 December 1920, page 3:

CATHOLICS’ WAR RECORDS
Beautiful Memorial Tablet Unveiled by
Bishop of Northampton
GLOWING TRBIUTE TOP ENGLAND.

A beautiful tablet to the memory of the 21 Roman Catholics belonging to the Church of Our Ladv and the English Martyrs. Cambridge, was unveiled by the Bishop of the Diocese (the Right Rev. F. W. Keating, D.D., Bishop of Northampton) in the church before a very large congregation on Thursday evening. The service was attended by military and a good number of members of the R.A.F. at Duxford, and was of a deeply impressive character. Following the "processional hymn, “Holy Spirit, Lord of Life.” an eloquent sermon was preached by the Bishop, and the memorial tablet was then unveiled. This is placed in the Chapel of St. Joseph and St. Thomas of Canterbury on the Gospel side of the high altar, in the eastern transept of the church. It is in Bath stone, which is generally used in the fabric of the church, and the panels are red marble, with gold lettering, surmounted by the figure of St. George, the Patron Saint of England. Above each panel is a shield, the one showing the arms of Our Lady and the other the arms of the blessed John Fisher. The scheme includes rich decoration of the roof vaulting after well-known work of an early date in the crypt of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, and the walls have also been treated. The whole, was designed and carried out Mr. B. McLean Leach, of St. Edward’s passage, Cambridge.

As many of the congregation as could assembled in the chapel during the unveiling ceremony. This was performed by the Bishop, who afterwards blessed and incensed the memorial. The congregation then resumed their places in the body of the church, and the Vicar-General of the Diocese (the Right Rev. Mgr. Provost Scott) read the inscription on the memorial and the names of the fallen. The Dead March in “Saul” was played by the organist (Mr. C. Mills), and the "Last Post” was sounded by three buglars No. 2 F.T.S., Duxford. The beautiful hymn. “Faith of our fathers,” having been sung by the congregation, the Pontifical Benediction was pronounced by the Bishop. The music, “O Calutaris” and "Tantura Ergo,” was by Bach, and was followed by the first verse of the National Anthem and the first verse "God bless the Pope.” The clergy taking part in the service, in addition to the Bishop and Mgr. Scott, were Father Dr. Davidson (deacon, and curate of the church). Father Kav, of Slough (sub-deacon), Father Marshall (University chaplain), who was Master of Ceremonies, and Domm Bede Camm, O.S.B., who was present in the sanctuary.

THE BISHOP'S ADDRESS.

The Bishop of Northampton, taking as his text the words; "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord,” said they were there that night to enshrine the deathless memory of 21 members that small congregation who laid down their lives in the Great War. But while their hearts went out to them with special personal interest because their faces were so familiar to them, or because they were perhaps joined to them by yet closer bonds, nevertheless they could not forget that after all they were only a handful out of the dreadful harvest of death; that there were hundreds of thousands such as they, valued as they, who joined them in laying down their lives for England. For England! What did England stand for that men should die for her. Six years ago we were told by friend and enemy that England soon was going down: that her strength and valour were waning; that her glory was merely name: that she would fall an easy prey to the first hand of destruction. And we half believed ourselves. And, alas! we had some reason for our misgivings, for the country was turning her back more and more completely upon her Christian past, was throwing away her Christian beliefs and Christian practices, and giving herself over more and more wholly, more and more hopelessly, to a dreary secularism.

Already we had begun to taste the bitter fruits what was no more or less than a national apostasy. We were arrogant, selfish, lying, we had a capitalist class exorbitantly wealthy, vulgarly ostentatious, grasping, without any bowels of mercy or justice, for those whom they exploited. We had a labouring class, rearer deliberately in Godlessness; labouring class fiercely resentful of its lot; a labouring class nourished on the idea of class war; a labouring class organised for mischief rather than for betterment. And beneath it all was the submerged class—millions of men and women and poor, miserable children, the sediment of the population, crowded together in the slums of our great cities, starving, wretched, without hope in this life or hope of a life to come. What had such a doomed Empire to oppose to the war machine of Prussia, to the countless battalions, trained, disciplined, seasoned, assured of victory? How could hope to recruit great armies from a population seething with discontent, and a large extent in vice? We knew indeed what we might have known already—that our terrible foe traded upon what he could see of our decadence; that had weighed and appraised us and appraised us, and dismissed negligible quantity. But thanks be to God, both friend and foe were out in their calculations, and our own misgivings were falsified by events.

A SURVIVING SPARK.

As soon as the call went forth: “Your King and country need you,’’ the whole nation rose as one man in response, shook off the habits of century, began once more to believe in God and in justice, and flocked to the Colours quicker than they be could enrolled. For deep in all our corrupt hearts there was still surviving a spark which nothing could quench: “England, with all thy faults. I love thee still; England, for all thy backslidings, thou art still my mother-land, a mother land of which I am prouder than of any other natural gift God has given me.” For in spite of all, in spite of all our corruption, nevertheless today, and even six years ago. England was still the freest democracy in the world, and the envy of all mankind. England still cherished her glorious tradition of political and religious freedom.

Shoulder-to-shoulder, the manhood of the country went singing into battle, with a smile on their lips, determined to achieve either victory or death. Amongst them went the dear boys and the dear men that congregation. Some of them, perhaps, had grown a bit careless, grown a bit wild, hut when they went forth they recognised the duty of patriotism and also the duty of religion, and they kept God with them even in the midst the horrors of the trenches, and when their need was sorest then their thoughts turned most naturally to God, and for sure they found God’s mercy. Might their souls and the souls of all their fellow-soldiers rest in everlasting peace. And the fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, widows, orphans, friends who were left – he knew their loss was bitter to them, and he offered them his most cordial sympathy in that terrible bereavement, but would remind them that if their loss was theirs, their glory also was theirs. The old families this land were proud go into the parish church and show their effigy of a Crusader, who centuries ago laid down his life on the Cross of Christ. In centuries to come the descendants of those present would read the names of their families upon the tablet in that church, and they would feed that their stock had been ennobled by their glorious sacrifice.

THE COUNTRY’S DEBT.

And the country? What did the country owe to the memory of its dead. Were going to betray the memory of our dead? Were we to sell the England for which they died? Were we to sell it for a mess of pottage? Having beaten down the Prussian foe, were we going to sell ourselves into slavery to the Russian menace? Were we going to allow the glorious name of England, the laws England, the institutions of England, to be pulled down and reconstructed anyhow any prentice hand that liked to come along? A thousand times “No”' England, and what England stood for; England, the creation of their Catholic ancestors: the England of Magna Charta; the England that had been great and free and noble for so many centuries: let any dastard hand dare to lay itself on the institutions of England' Let every Englishman be proud of the country to which he belonged, and let him be proud to lay down his life in behalf of his motherland if ever it should come his way. Let a man be true to his country, and then he would be true to all his relations to others. This above all: “To thine own self be true, and it shall follow as the night the day, thou shalt not then be false to any man.”

THE ROLL OF HONOUR.

Mgr. Provost Scott read the inscriptions and names on the memorial tablet as follows :

The Roll of Honour our brethren in the faith and in the war. 1914-1918. Heroes, they died that we might live in peace. ‘Tis ours to use, not waste, their precious gift.

Capt. W. D. Aston
 
Pte. J. Bierne
Capt. P. Deron
 
Pte. E. L. B. Cutting
Lt. A. E. Boucher
 
Pte. E. Dickerson
Lt. A. H. Edwards
 
Pte. B. Fitzjohn
Lt. E. H. A. Goss
 
Pte. E. Freeman
Lt D. F. Goold-Johnson
 
Pte. W. Marshall
2nd-Lt. J. Nelder
 
Stoker B. Marshall
Sgt A. Wehrle
 
Pioneer E. Rogers
Cpl. J. J. Mayle
 
Pte. S. Ryan
Cpl. H. W. Mayle
 
Pte. C. Wonfor
Lc.-Cpl. W. H. Arnold
 

“May they rest in peace.”

THE ROLL OF HONOUR OF OUR BRETHREN
IN THE FAITH AND IN THE WAR
1914 - 1918
HEROES THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE IN PEACE
`TIS OURS TO USE, NOT WASTE THEIR PRECIOUS GIFT

ARNOLD William Henry
[Lance Corporal on memorial] Private 39452, 5th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 20 October 1918. Aged 18. Born and resident Cambridge, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Henry and Annie Arnold, of "Allandale," 36, de Freville Avenue, Cambridge. In the 1911 census he was a son, aged 11, son of Henry and Annie Arnold, born Cambridge and resident 15 Abbey Street, Cambridge. Buried in AMERVAL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, SOLESMES, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 22. See also Cambridge Guildhall and Cambridge Our Lady Catholic

According to his Army Service Papers:

He was 18 years 1 month when he enlisted at Cambridge 21 March 1918, trade assistant dairy farmer, unmarried. He had one brother and three sisters. Embarked at Folkestone 25 August 1918. Auburn hair, brown eyes, complexion fresh, 35½ inch girth, 149 lbs.

Extract from Cambridge Daily News - Tuesday 12 November 1918, page 4:

A Military Requiem

A solemn Requiem took place at the Church Our Lady and the English Martyrs Friday for William Arnold, son Mr. Henry Arnold, Abbey-street.He was very recently home on leave, and was killed in action soon after his return. He was formerly in the choir, and a member the Catholic Scouts. In a letter to his father a chaplain writes; "I can only say that it was the wonderful devotion to duty and self-sacrifice of men like your son which enabled the battalion on that day to win a most glorious and important victory. All honour and gratitude him."

Extract from Cambridge Daily News - Thursday 7 November 1918, page 2:

DEATHS

ARNOLD.—KiIIed in action, on October 20th, William Henry (Bill), eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Arnold, 15, Abbey-street, Cambridge, aged 18 years and 8 months.—R.l.P.

There will be a Requiem the Church Our Lady and the English Martyrs on Friday, November 8, at 11 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. H. Arnold and Family wish to thank all friends for the sympathy shown to them in their sorrow.

ASTON Walter Douglas
Captain, 1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds 2nd November 1917. Aged 35. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Aston, Riversdale, Shelley Road, Worthing; husband of Mrs. Carrie Oline Aston (nee Anderson), (B.A. (1905) Kansas University), 12, Lyndewood Road, Cambridge, later of Kansas, USA. Married at Morganville, Kansas, in 1911. Entered Downing College as minor scholar in 1901. Placed in First Class of Law Tripos Parts 1 & 2 in 1904 respectively, Senior Jurist in 1905, gained the Whelwell Scholarship for International Law in 1906. Colours for rugby, rowing and lawn tennis. Elected Fellow of Downing College in 1907 and later appointed steward, librarian and lecturer in law. Called to the Bar in 1910, he attained success as a law lecturer at Cambridge. Joined Cambridge University OTC in 1914, commissioned 17th A[ril 1915, 2/1st Bn. Cambridgeshire Regiment. To 3/1st Bn. on 20th June 1917. Despite short-sightedness, he was qualified as a first-class shot and was battalion musketry instructor. Joined 1/1st Battalion on 24th September 1917. Six weeks with battalion when he was wounded in the neck 2nd NOvember 1917, and died same day. Commanding officer wrote: “…a keen and hardworking brother officer; a serious loss, as he was doing valuable work for us.” Another officer wrote: “…one whose example of living was that of a Christian gentleman.” Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinghe, Plot XXI. Row FF. Grave 13. See also Cambridge St Pauls and Cambridge Guildhall
BEIRNE John aka Jack

[Listed as BIERNE on memorial] Private 19113, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 September 1917. Born Ballina, Co. Mayo, enlisted Liverpool, resident Cambridge. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Ballini (sic), and Errand Boy, resident with his parents, John and Elizabeth, at 15, Crispin Street, Cambridge. Buried in OOSTTAVERNE WOOD CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row D. Grave 6. See also Cambridge Guildhall

Photographs © Robin Bloore 2011

BOUCHER Alec Edward

Lieutenant, 11th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 18 November 1916. Aged 27. Baptised 17 March 1889 in Claverley, Shropshire, son of benjamin and Fanny Boucher. Son of Benjamin and Fanny Boucher, of Rudge Heath, Claverley, Wolverhampton. In the 1901 census he was aged 12, born Claverley, Shropshire, son of Benjamin and Fanny Boucher, resident Rudge Heath, Claverley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 22, born Claverley, Shropshire, an Elementary School Teacher, a boarder, being visited by his sister Lilian Mary Boucher, resident 16, Laurel Lane, Halesowen, Shropshire & Worcestershire. Buried in ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, France. Plot VII. Row C. Grave 40.

Extract from Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 1 December 1916, page 4:

CAMBS. ROLL OF HONOUR.

GREAT WILBRAHAM.

It was reported to the Borough Education Committee on Tuesday that Miss L.M. Boucher, sister of Mr Alec Boucher, formerly an assistant master at East Road School, has received a telegram from the War Office stating that her brother was killed in action on November 18th.

CUTTING Ernest L B
Private T4/197683, 1008th Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps, Died in Egypt 8 October 1918. Born Chelmsford, enlisted and resident Cambridge. Son of Mrs. M. A. Cutting, of 67, Alpha Rd., Cambridge. In the 1911 census he is aged 28, son of Mary Ann Cutting (a widow), a Costumier's Assistant, born Chelmsford, resident 67 Alpha Road, Chesterton, Cambridge. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY Egypt. Section C. Grave 95. See also Cambridge St Lukes and Cambridge Guildhall
DERON Paul [Théodore Auguste]

Captain (French officer), 233rd Infantry Regiment, French Army. Killed in action 20 July 1916 at Herleville - Au Bois Étoilé, 80, Somme, France. Born 11 June 1884 in Aubers. Aged 32 years, 1 month, 9 days.Married. Details appear in the Cambridge Daily News Tuesday 19 November 1918 page 4. He was once an undergraduate at Cambridge University. Commemorated on FRENCH ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 62. See External French Database

Extract from Cambridge Daily News - Tuesday 19 November 1918, page 4:

....... They would also remember those who had made the great sacrifice, and whose friends would ever mourn their loss. example and encouragement to such that mourned, Msgr. Scott read an extract from a letter from the widow of Capt. Paul Deron, French officer who was once undergraduate in Cambridge, and of whose piety and devotion as a daily communicant they of that church were witnesses. The letter stated: “On July 20th. 1916, heroic husband made, rather renewed, to God the sacrifice of his life, and on that day God accepted it was after having taken two enemy trenches that, my saint and martyr has found a glorious death. is only eight months after, return to France liberated, having passed nearly three years under the domination the Germans, that I learned the terrible misfortune which awaited me. I hope you will pray sometimes tor the soul of him who would have been happy to present to-day at the triumph of our arms.” Those heroes must never forgotten, and therefore took that opportunity saying that they must erect in the church a perpetual memorial to them. It was those heroes wife had won this peace—they had died for peace, and those left must live to their best for pence, not only between nation and nation, bfit between class and class. No class, in aiming its legitimate ends, should sacrifice the well-being and interest the others.

DICKERSON [Henry] Edward [Patrick]
[Listed as Henry Edward Percy DICKERSON on SDGW, 1911 census and CWGC give Patrick] Private 325149, 1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment formerly 1370, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Missing in action 12 October 1916, confirmed killed in action 14 October 1916. Aged 23. Born and enlisted Cambridge. Son of Mrs Jane Johana Dickerson, 12 Earl St, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 16 B. See also Cambridge St Andrew the Great and Cambridge Univeristy Press and Cambridge Guildhall
EDWARDES Henry Arthur aka Harry

[Also listed as A H EDWARDS on memorial] Second Lieutenant, 44 (Home Defence) Squadron, Royal Air Force. Accidentally killed when his aircraft, a Sopwith F.1 Camel, serial number B5192, is believed to have broken up in the air over Hainault Farm, Romford, Essex, 16 February 1918; no blame attached to the ground/maintenace crew; formerly Private 5910, Inns of Court Officer Training Corps. Aged 19. Born October 1898 Great Totham, Essex. His brother is listed as next of kin, resident Sawston. His brother, Eric Grant, was baptised at Cambridge Our Lady in January 1896, son of Henry Grant and Lucy (nee Pursell) Edwardes, godson of William Edwardes and Gertrude Edwards. In the 1901 census he was listed as Edwards, aged 2, born Essex, son of Henry Grant and Mary E L Edwards, brother of Eric G Edwards, resident The Firs, Great Totham, Maldon, Essex. Buried in LEYTONSTONE (ST. PATRICK'S) ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY, Essex. Grave reference A. 14. 1378. See also Sawston

Extract from The Times Death Notices 20 February 1918:

EDWARDES.—On the 16th Feb., accidentally killed while flying near London. SEC. LIEUT. HENRY ARTHUR EDWARDES. R.F.C., second son of Henry Grant Edwardes, Sawston. Cambs. R.I.P.

FITZJOHN Bernard [Francis]
[Listed as Fitz John on CWGC] Private 47652, 17th Squadron, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) formerly 1629, 3rd/1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Yeomanry. Died of wounds in Egypt 14 November 1917. Aged 27. Born and enlisted Harpenden, Hertfordshire, resident Cambridge. Son of George Fitzjohn; husband of Lucy Agnes Bagstaff (formerly Fitz John, nee Symonds), of The Hall, Burwell, Cambs, formerly 1, Ross Street, Mill Road, Cambridge, married 4 March 1916 in n the Church of Our Lady and The English Martyrs, one son. Attested in Hertford 10 March 1914, aged 28 years, a Clerk by trade. Disembarked Alexandria 20 June 1917, postedn 17th Squadron 28 September 1917. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Plot X. Row E. Grave 6.
FREEMAN Ernest
Private 2548, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 5 May 1915. Aged 23. Born 16 February 1891 and enlisted Cambridge; admitted to St Albans School, Cambridge 1897. Son of Frank Freeman, of 66, Ross St., Cambridge. In the 1891 census he was new born, resident with his parents, Frank and Sarah Freeman, in Fitzroy Street, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50 and 52. See Guildhall and Cambridge St Philips.
GOSS Edouard Herbert Allan

[Edouard is Roman Catholic name also known as Edward] Lieutenant 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 39. Son of Louis Allan Goss and Marie Leonie Goss, of 5, Harvey Rd., Cambridge. Born at Rangoon, Burma. Gazetted December, 1914. Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). In the 1911 census he was aged 33, born Rangoon, Burma, an Assistant in Timber Firm Business, son of Louis Allan and Marie L Goss, resident 20, Brookside, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot VIII. Row R. Grave 4.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1916:

GOSS Edouard Herbert Allan of Fig-street Farm near Sevenoaks Kent temporary lieutenant 7th battalion East Kent regiment died 1 July 1916 in France or Belgium Administration (with Will) London 12 October Marie Lennie Goss spinster.
Effects £2191 13s. 1d.

JOHNSON Donald Frederic Goold

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds 15 July 1916. Aged 26. Son of Richard Alexander Johnson and Eliza Bennett Johnson, of 40, Church St., Saffron Walden, Essex. His brother Owen Bennett Goold Johnson also fell. Buried in BOUZINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 8.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 4, page :

JOHNSON, DONALD FREDRIC GOOLD, Lieut., 2nd Battn. (96th Foot) The Manchester Regt., yst. s. of the Rev. Richard Alexander Johnson, B.A., of 40, Church Street, Saffron Waldron, Congregational Minister, by his wife, Eliza Bennett, dau. of John Tregellas Goold ; b. Saffron Walden, co. Essex, 6 March, 1890; educ. Caterham School, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge ; volunteered for foreign service after the outbreak of war, and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. The Manchester Regt. 24 March, 1915; promoted Lieut. in March, 1916; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 5 Dec. following, and was killed in action at the Somme 15 July, 1916. Buried in Bouzincourt Military Cethetery. The Colonel wrote : "He was a plucky man, and had already done most excellent work, for which his name was going forward for recognition. We have lost some of our best officers, and your son was one of them," and his Company Commander "I must send you my tribute to the memory of one of nature's gentlemen. No matter the difficulties, he undertook every duty with patience and thoroughness. His bravery and devotion to duty meant much to all ranks." While at Emmanuel College, where he had a brilliant career, he graduated in due course in honours in the Historical and Medieval and Modern Languages Triposes ; won the Chancellor's Gold Medal for English Verse in 1914, and was rewarded a Research Scholarship. His Tutor wrote of him : "He was one of the best men at Emmanuel in my time, in character as in attainments." Unm.

MARSHALL Bernard [Percy]
Stoker 1st Class K/12198, H.M.S. "Turbulent," Royal Navy. Killed in action at the Battle of Jutland 1 June 1916. Born 19 April 1892 in Ely, Cambridgeshire. Admitted to Cambridge St Albans School, Cambridge, 27 August 1900, son of Edward Marshall, resident 5, Blinco Grove, Cambridge, left 9 January 1903 to go to Bishop's Stortford, previously educated at the National School, Ely. In the 1901 census he was aged 8, born Cambridge, son of Edward and Bridget Marshall, resident 5, Blinco Grove, Cherry Hinton, Chesterton, Cambridgeshire. Husband of Florence V Marshall, of 52, Arthur Terrace, Apton Road, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire. Enlisted 25 August 1911 for 12 years, Porter by trade, height 5 feet 87/8 inches, chest 37 inches, brown hair, blue eyes, fair complexion. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 17.
MARSHALL W
Private [William George or William Charles on Guildhall]. No further information currently available.
MAYLE Henry William aka Harry
Private 748253, 24th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment). Killed in action 6 November 1917. Aged 20. Son of Joseph John [Listed below] and Ada Mayle, of 84, Union Lane, Chesterton, Cambridge, England. Born 26 February 1897 in Cambridge, son of Ada Mayle. Farmer by trade. Unmarried. Resident Sherbrooke, Quebec. Enlisted and passed fit 27 December 1915 at Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, aged 18 years 10 months, height 5 feet 1 inch, girth 34 inches, complexion fair, eyes grey, hair light brown; religious denomination Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 24 - 26 - 28 - 30. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6076 - 6. See also Chesterton and Guildhall
MAYLE Joseph John
Lance Corporal 295, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 17 April 1915. Aged 42. Born and resident Cambridge. Son of the late John and Betsy Mayle; husband of Ada Mayle, of 84, Union Lane, Chesterton, Cambs; father of Henry William Mayle [Listed above]. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50 and 52. See also Chesterton and Guildhall
NELDER Gordon Clarke Aldridge

[Listed as J NELDER in newspaper - see above] Second Lieutenant, 13th Battalion, attached to 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regimen. Died 6 August 1915. In the 1891 census he was aged 1, born Portsmouth, Hampshire, son of George M and Jane M Nelder, resident Lion Terrace, Portsea, Portsea Island, Hampshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 21, born Portsmouth, Hampshire, an Assistant Elementary Schoolmaster, resident with his widowed mother, Jane Nelder, at 12 Montague Road, North End, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Married Violet M Hows April to June Quarter 1915 in Portsmouth Registration District, Hampshire.Reference to him being a master at the Higher Grade School when the school opened in 1913, to be found in Cambridge Independent Press 7 March 1913, GCA Nelder is listed as one of the masters. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 126-135 or 223-226 228-229 & 328. Also listed on Christs College World War 1 Memorial, Cambridge.

Extract from Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 19 November 1915, page 7:

... Ald. P. H. Young, in proposing a vote of thanks to the Mayor, mentioned the loss the school had sustained in the death of the Master of Magdalene, and Councillor Church, in seconding, made feeling reference to the late Lieut. Nelder, formerly an Assirtant Scoutmaster in the troop, who was killed in the Dardanelles. The Scoutmaster also supported the motion. ...

ROGERS E
Pioneer. This would suggest Royal, Engineers. No further information currently available.
RYAN Stephen [Maynard]
Private 2409, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 15 May 1916. Aged 19. Born 19 December 1896, and enlisted, in Cambridge. Son of Richard and Florence Maud Ryan, of 29, Mawson Road, Cambridge. Admitted to Cambridge St Albans School 7 May 1900, son of Richard Ryan, of Stockwell Street, Cambridge, left 9 September 1909 to go to Romsey Church School. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, born Cambridgeshire, son of Richard M and Florence M Ryan, resident 25, Stockwill Street, Cambridge. Admitted to Cambridge Romsey Junior Middle School 14 September 1909, son of Richard Ryan. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, a Page Boy, son of Richard May and Florence Maud Ryan, resident 29, Mawson Road, Cambridge. Buried in GUARDS CEMETERY, WINDY CORNER, CUINCHY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row R. Grave 11. See also Cambridge Guildhall and Cambridge St Barnabas
WEHRLE Alfred [Albinus]

[At birth officially registered as Albinus Alfred WEHRLE] Serjeant 763712, 28th Battalion (Artists' Rifles), London Regiment who died iin the Military Hospital, Warley, Essex, on Monday, 4 November 1918, formerly 1718, Royal Army medical Corps (Teritorial), 6854, 9th Battalion, London Regiment and G/38617, Middlesex Regiment. Born All Saint's, Cambridge, enlisted Cambridge, resident Storey's Way, Cambridge. Son of Alfred Wehrle of 19, Storey's Way, Cambridge. In the 1901 census he is the son of Alfred and Rosa Wehrle, aged 10, born Cambridge, resident with his parents at 29, Sidney Street, Cambridge. Attested 8 September 1914 in Cambridge, born All Saints, cambridge, aged 24 years 3 months, Jeweller by trade with A Wehrle & Sons, religious denomination Roman Catholic, height 5 feet 10¼ inches, chest 37-39½ inches. Buried 11 November 1918 in the left half of CAMBRIDGE (SS. GILES AND PETER) CHURCH CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire. Grave 5I18. See also Cambridge St Giles and Cambridge Guildhall

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1919:

WEHRLE Alfred Albinus of Ratcliff House Storeys Way Cambridge sergeant 28th County of London. battalion London regiment died 4 November1918 at the Military Hospital Warley Essex Administration London 2 April to Alfred Wehrle watchmaker and jeweller.
Effects £172 14s. 5d.

WONFOR Cecil [Stanley]
Private 19224, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Killed in action 4 October 1917. Aged 26. Born Longstanton, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Wonfor, of 12, Gothic St., Cambridge. In the 1901 census he was aged 10, born Longstanton, Cambridgeshire, son of William and Mary A Wonfor, resident 19, Moreton Road, West Ham, London & Essex. In the 1911 census he was aged 20, born Longstanton, Cambridgeshire, a Draoers Assistant, son of William and Mary Ann Wonfor, resident 12, Gothic Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 80 to 82 and 163A. See also Cambridge St Paul's and also Cambridge Guildhall

“May they rest in peace.”

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