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The memorial stands at the cross roads of Ermine Street, Bourn Road and Gransden Road. It takes the form of a stone celtic cross with an iscription on the smooth face made in lead lettering. It was unveiled 14th November 1920 by Major General Harry Hendley C.S.I. There are 8 names listed for World War 1 and 5 for World War 2.

Extract from Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 19 November 1920, page 8:

Major General Harold Hendley on Armistice Day Memories.

The unveiling of the war memorial took place on Sunday afternoon, in the presence a large gathering of interested spectators. Nearly everyone in Caxton was present, and many from Bourn, Longstowe, and Major- General Harold Hendley, C.S.I., had been invited to unveil the memorial, and after the singing of the hymn “Ten thousand times ten thousand,’’ General Hendley pulled the cords binding the Union Jacks and disclosed a fine Celtic cross in rough Cornish granite, with the name of the eight fallen in the Great War inscribed on the base. The cross has been erected at the south end of the village at the junction of the Gransden and Old North Roads, on the bank of the Brook, a commanding position from all points view.

In dedicating the memorial General Hendley spoke as follows:

“To the glory of God and in grateful memory of those men of Caxton who gave their lives for King and country and for a righteous cause. I dedicate this memorial. May all who look upon it realise the peace of sins forgiven, the joy of faithful service, and the power the endless life to which may God vouchsafe to bring us all through Jesus Christ our Lord.

“Through a series of fortuitous circumstances this ceremony has fallen on this Sunday in Armistice Week, the day which Queen Alexandra has asked us to remember our obligations to the St. John Ambulance Association and the Red Cross Society, and when as now we think of our sick and wounded and dying, and what these societies did for them, no better occasion could arise to dwell upon the debt we owe them.

“We have, too, very fresh our memories the ceremonies last Thursday, which appealed so intensely to the whole of the Empire when his Majesty the King, in the presence his Ministers of State, Admirals, Generals, and many other great personages of the Realm, unveiled the Cenotaph erected to the memory those who gave their lives the Empire, and afterwards, when that unknown soldier and warrior was laid to rest in Westminster Abbey by the side of kings and those who have made the Empire what it is, which he and others like him have saved. The King acted as chief mourner, surrounded many of those who over many months and years have mourned their dearest, knowing nothing but that they were ‘missing. ’

“Because this honour done to an unknown soldier, as any one of us may have known and loved him, there has already grown greater sympathy between those who have dead to mourn and those who have been spared this affliction.


“It is because of the need we have to quicken this sympathy that these occasions for going back in our thoughts over those anxious years are good for us. We remember how dark our prospects seemed and how from time to time news came of injury or death to our dearest or our next-door neighbours. We were very near one another then, and it strengthened us to keep our promise, and because of the common danger we went on believing in those who fought on and in spite of disasters assuring ourselves of ultimate victory.

“It was because of this and that we and our Allies became truly united in counsel and effort that we were saved from what befell Belgium, and worse. Let us ask ourselves if we are doing all that should preserve what the men whose names appear on this memorial and millions of others, some whom attend here to-day, fought for. Are we not by our disunion, our class prejudices, our selfish interests, and our want true fellowship, treading a path that may lead us to the loss of personal liberty, the ruin of our homes, and the destruction this bountiful beautiful country of ours?

“Is there no way out from these death-giving dissensions? Has this cross no meaning for us? At the other end of our village are the gibbet post and mound, also at the crossroads the sign of justice; in Russia the negation of justice, violence, and dead stages on the road to ruin: but here you have placed an emblem that speaks faith, hope, and love, which to those to whom they have any meaning are of true comfort in personal sorrow, and are sufficient to heal all social and national ills.”

At the close many of the relatives and friends of those fallen placed wreaths at the foot of the Cross. The Nonconformist minister then offered a short prayer; “For ever with the Lord” was sung with great feeling by everyone, after which the Vicar offered prayers and blessed the cross.

The “Last Post” was sounded by two bugler, the brothers Leslie and Vincent Rigg, who very kindly came over from the Leys School for the purpose. After a short interval came the “Reveille,” and officers and men present passed the cross at the “Salute,” and the gathering dispersed. The weather was kind, and everyone felt that they had assisted and been present at an uplighting and memorable ceremony in the old posting town of Caxton.

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Private 51663, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, formerly 47730, Suffolk Regiment and 40620, Bedfordshire Regiment, captured at Messines 16 April 1918, prisoner of war at LangensäLza, suffering from shrapnel wounds, died of wounds on Wednesday, 16th October 1918. Aged 24. Born 19 February 1896, and resident, Caxton, Cambs, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Mrs E. Ambrose, of High St., Caxton, Cambs. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Caxton, a Farm Labourer, son of Arthur and Emma Ambrose, resident High Street, Caxton, Cambridgeshire. Buried in NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY, Hessen, Germany. Plot VI. Row M. Grave 3.

The cemetery is located 10 kilometres south of Kassel and 2 kilometres from the main road from Kassel to Marburg.


Walter Fred

Private 17512, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, attached to the 101st Trench Mortar Battery who was killed in action on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Aged 18. Born Caxton, Cambs, enlisted Cambridge. Baptised 31 October 1897, of Caxton, baptised Bourn. Son of Fred Gore Barton (a farmer) and Isabella Ann Barton, of Hardwick Wood Farm, Toft, Cambridge. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Caxton, son of Fred G and Isabella Barton, resident Common Farm, Caxton, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Caxton, a Farmer's son working, son of Fred Gore and Isabella Barton, resident Common Farm, Caxton, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929).


Thomas William

[Listed as William THomas CROSS on CWGC] Private 16708, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment who died of wounds on Monday, 18th September 1916. Aged 25. Born Caxton, Cambs, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Mrs. Sewell, of Caxton, Cambs. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Caxton, a Second Kennelman, unmarried, baording at The Kennels, Caxton, Cambridgeshire. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 26.

The town of Abbeville is on the main road from Paris to Boulogne (N1), about 80 kilometres south of Boulogne.


Clifford Skemp

Second Lieutenant, 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry who was killed in action on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Aged 25. Son of the Rev. and Mrs. W. B. Haynes; husband of L. Abbie Haynes, of The Cabin, Grimsby Rd., Louth, Lincs; brother of Henry Hillas Haynes (below). No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C.

The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929).


Henry Hillas aka Harry

Corporal 240764 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment who died of wounds on Sunday, 17th June 1917. Aged 27. Born Stafford, resident Nottingham, enlisted Bolton. Son of the Rev. W. B. Haynes; husband of Edith M. Haynes, of 121, Forest Rd., Nottingham; brother of Clifford Skemp Haynes (above). Native of Caxton, Cambs. Buried in VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row B. Grave 23.

Vlamertinge New Military Cemetery is located 5 Km west of Ieper town centre and to the south of the village of Vlamertinge.


George Banks

Private G/61715, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment), formerly 22442, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment), who was killed in action on Thursday, 19th September 1918. Born 22nd May 1878 in St. Mary's, Hull, enlisted Caxton, Cambs. Baptised 14th June 1878 in Hull, St Mary, son of Frederick Robert and Lavinia Lundy. Married Catherine Lofthouse in the April to June Quarter 1904 in Pontefract Registration District, Yorkshire. In the 1911 Electoral Register for Caxton Parish he was resident at a Dwelling House, Axton Union, Cambridgeshire. Buried in FLESQUIERES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 19.

Flesquieres is a village at the junction of the D92 and D89 roads, about 5 kilometres south-west of the main road from Cambrai to Bapaume.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1919:

LUNDY George Banks of Caxton Cambridgeshire private Royal Fusiliers died 19 September 1918 in France Administration London 25 February to Catherine Lundy widow.
Effects £325 17s.


Arthur Lenton

Second Lieutenant 62nd Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) who died of wounds on Sunday, 28th July 1918. Aged 34. Son of Job Wells Pentelow and Polly Pentelow, of Caxton, Cambridge. Enlisted in the Royal Sussex Regiment, November, 1914. In the 1891 census he was aged 7, born Caxton, a scholar, son of Job Wells Pentelow and Polly Pentelow, resident Village, Caxton, Cambridgeshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 17, born Caxton, an Apprentice silversmith, living with his uncle, Edward Willis Richman, at 23, West Street Newtown, Huntingdon St Mary, Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 27, born Caxton, a Watchmaker assistant, boarding at 73 Sleaford Road, Boston, Lincolnshire. Buried in MARFAUX BRITISH CEMETERY, Marne, France. Plot V. Row H. Grave 10.

Marfaux is 18.5 kilometres from Reims and 16 kilometres from Epernay.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1918:

PENTELOW Arthur Lenton of Caxton Cambridgeshire died 28 July 1918 in France Probate London 3 December to Job Wells Pentelow farmer and Polly Pentelow (wife of the said Job Wells Penteldw). Effects £1318 6s. 5d.



No information currently available

Warren Vyvyan Hamilton

Lieutenant 74587, 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own), Royal Armoured Corps (R.A.C.) who was killed in action in the Western Desert on Tuesday, 29th April 1941. Aged 23. Born London W., resident Hertfordshire. Son of Capt. William Nugent Walter Gape, and of Sibyl Marion Geraldine Gape, of Caxton, Cambridgeshire. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) for combat or operations in the Middle East (Egypt and Libya) [London Gazette 30th July 1940]. Buried in HALFAYA SOLLUM WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 1. Row E. Grave 10.

Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery is on the main coast road from Mersa Matruh through to Libya, and is on the east side of Halfaya Sollum, approximately 12 kilometres from the Egypt/Libya border.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1943:

GAPE Warren Nyvyan Hamilton M.C. of Caxton Manor Caxton Cambridgeshire died 29 April 1941 on war service Administration Llandudno 11 August to Sibyl Marion Geraldine Gape widow. Effects £9451 4s. 7d.


Arthur Mitchell

Private 5933223, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died from Pleurisy and Pneumonia as a Japanese Prisoner of War working on the Burma-Thailand Railway 18th November 1943; taken Prisoner 15 February 1942. Aged 22. Born and resident Cambridgeshire. Son of Mr & Mrs G. Kidman of Caxton, Cambridge. In the 921 census he was new born, born Caxton, son of George and Hilda Kidman, resident Ivy Lodge High Street, Caxton, Cambridgeshire. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2. Row G. Grave 63.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1946:

KIDMAN Arthur Mitchell of High-street Caxton Cambridgeshire died 18 November 1943 on war service Probate Peterborough 5 June to Arthur Kidman yardman. Effects £201 1s. 7d.


Sailor Mitchell

Private 14724256 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment who died of wounds on Saturday, 4th November 1944. Aged 19. Born and resident Cambridgeshire. Son of Arthur and Kate Kidman, of Caxton, Cambridgeshire. Buried in BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY, Netherlands. Plot 9. Row C. Grave 18.

Bergen-op-Zoom is a town in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant, 40 kilometres north-west of Antwerp (Belgium).



Died January to March Quarter 1940 in Cambridge Registration District. Aged 20. In the 1939 Register she was born 11 March 1919, unmarried, in service at 4 Gresham Road, Cambridge, Cambridge M.B., Cambridgeshire.

John Martin

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1874534, 199 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, based at North Creake, flying in a Stirling III Bomber, serial number LJ531, who was killed in action, lost without trace, during a Mandrel screen radar jamming sortie, in support of the Main Force raid on Sterkrade, on Saturday, 17th June 1944. Aged 19. Son of John and Ethel Rosetta Watts, of Caxton, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 240.

This Memorial overlooks the River Thames on Cooper's Hill at Englefield Green between Windsor and Egham on the A308, 4 miles from Windsor.

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