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ELSWORTH ROLL OF HONOUR - Handwritten Plaque

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Martin Edwards
updated by Paul Harding

A handwritten Roll of Honour for those serving in World War 1 was to be found inside the church hanging from the wall but now the original framed Roll of Honour appears to have been lost/destroyed. Interestingly the war is referred to as the European War. The names were transcribed from the photograph and some were partially illegible but Paul Harding has rectified this. The poppy denotes those men killed during the conflict.

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards - 2001
for the
Parish of Elsworth
The following were serving in the Army when war was declared.
  Pte Charles Cooper   Pte Charles Lyon
Pte Arthur Circus   Pte Thomas Thurlow
  Pte Robert Day
L Cpl John Smith
  Cpl Charles Day   Pte William Circus
  Pte Harry Kemp    
The following answered the call to arms, King & Country in the time of peril.
  Pte. George Rolt
Pte John Hinson
  Pte. Arthur Desborough   Pte Ephraim Dawson
Pte Israel Parnwell   Pte James Tabraham
  Pte Harold Allgood   Pte George Fountain
  L Cpl William Braybrook   Pte James Canwell
Pte Thomas Circus   Pte William Parnwell
L Cpl Herbert Desborough   Capt Arthur Tibbits
L Cpl George Driver   Pte Percy Longhurst
  Pte Herbert Driver   Pte Daniel Taylor
  L Cpl Arthur Dawson
Pte Walter Day
  Pte Edwin Lyon
Pte Frank Kirby
  Pte Harold Witherow
Pte Charles Clark
  Pte George Day   Pte Jonathan Barnes
  Pte Frank Cooper   Pte Frederick Brand
Pte John Desborough   Pte Thomas Buckley
Pte Frederick Childerley   Pte Sydney Wright
Pte King Clarke    

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Those who died from scroll



G/18129. Royal West Kent Regiment. Died 30th September 1916. Aged 19. Son of Mrs Francis Childerley, Paddock Row, Elsworth. Serre Road Cemetery No. 1. See also Elsworth

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny' s Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 2, Part 3, Page 53 - (different spelling in Roll of Honour)

CHILDENLEY, Frederick - Private, No 18129, 7th (Service) Battalion, The Queens Own (Royal West Kents)

Eldest son of the late John Childenley, by his wife Francis (Paddock Row, Elsworth, co Cambridge), dau of William Tabraham. Born Elsworth aforesaid, 16th April, 1897; educated there, was an Agricultural Labourer; enlisted 29th March, 1916; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 27th August; was reported wounded and missing after the fighting at Thiepval on 30th Sept, 1916, and is now assumed to have been killed in action on that date. Unm.


Thomas [Edwin]

[Listed as Private] Lance Cpl. 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment Son of Thomas and Sarah Circus, Brook St Elsworth. Killed 28th April 1917. Aged 28. Arras Memorial. See also Elsworth


Private, 6th Battalion Northants Regiment. Private 43036. Born Bourne, Cambs. Enlisted Huntingdon. Died 15/12/17. Formerly 26724 Bedfordshire Regiment. Aged 28. Son of Emily Clark of Alms Hill, Bourn, Cambs and the late Charles Clark. Buried Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany. See also Elsworth

King [Richard]

[Spelt CLARKE on memorial] Private 2617A, 47th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. killed in action at Passchendaele 12th October 1917. Aged 24. Born Elsworth, 1893. Son of Alfred King Clark and Eleanor Stone (nee Lack) Clark, of Brockley Rd., Elsworth. Enlisted 17th August 1915 at Brisbane, into the 25th Battalion. He was sent to Egypt for about 12 months, after which he was transferred to the 47th Battalion and sent to Belgium. Born near Cambridge. Labourer by trade. Previously spent 3 years in the Suffolk Regiment prior to emigrating. In the 1901 census he lived at the Plough Inn in Brooke Street with his parents and 2 of his sisters. Buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXXIX. Row F. Grave 16. See also Elsworth


Private. No further information currently available


[Memorial states 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment 1st July 1916. Thiepval Memorial - details extracted from Cambridge Independent Press 16 June 1916] Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 18 May 1916. Served three years in the Metropolitan Police. See also Elsworth



[Listed as Lance Corporal] Corporal. 14436. 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Thursday, 3rd August 1916. Aged 28. Son of William & Louisa Desborough. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. See also Elsworth



Private 3/10210. 1st Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Died 19th Feb 1918. Aged 28. Husband of Dorothy Alma Desborough of Cowdell End, Elsworth. Colougne Southern Cemetery. See also Elsworth


George [Percy]

[Listed as Lance Corporal] Corporal. 14432. 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. 1st July 1916. Aged 24. Son of Thomas and Lydia Driver. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. See also Elsworth



Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Rifleman S/5682. Born Elsworth. Enlisted St Neots. Resident Knapwell. Died 12/9/18. Commemorated Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Pas De Calais. See also Elsworth

Frank [Philip]

London Regiment. 3rd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers). Private 4404. Died 23/9/16. Enlisted London. Resident Elsworth. Aged 25. Only son of Frank and Mary Ann Kirby, Elsworth, Cambs. Husband of Mary Ann Kirby, Elsworth. Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery, Seine Maritime, France. See also Elsworth



Private 325886 1/1st Cambs Regiment. Died 26th September 1917. Aged 23. Son of Frederick and Sarah Parnwell, Brook Street, Elsworth. Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke. See also Elsworth


Lance Corporal 3/8287, 2nd. Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment. 3rd, Division. Killed in action on the Somme 16th August 1916. Son of Mr.Smith & Mrs Edith Smith of Church Lane, Elsworth. Born in Lewisham. Enlisted in Cambridge. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR.21. See also Elsworth

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