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Boer War
CHASE James

1st Battalion, Scots Guards. Died of disease Modder River, 3 February 1900. Aged 41. Ex-ranker, probably CSM/RSM, who was made up to Lieutenant at the end of his career. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

World War 1
BAKER Frank

Private G/67219, Royal Fusiliers, transferred to 402nd Home Service Company, Labour Corps. Died 1 December 1918. Aged 20. Son of James and Eleanor Baker, of 79, Lynan Rd., Ely. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire. See also Ely World War 1 Memorial

BRINKLEY Matthew
Private 42875, 1st Garrison Battalion. Suffolk Regiment. Died at home 8 May 1917. Aged 29. Son of Rueben and Eliza Brinkley; husband of Clara Williams (formerly Brinkley), of Sluice Outwell, Wisbech. Born at Waterside. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire. See also Ely World War 1 Memorial
COOK John Thomas
Private 325637, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died at home 21 July 1917. Aged 21. Son of Robert Preston Cook and Elizabeth Ann Cook, of 21, Back Hill, Ely, Cambs. Born in Brixton, Surrey and enlisted in Ely. Formerly 2306, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

See also Ely World War 1 Memorial

EVERITT Edward William

[CWGC lists him as EVERETT] Private 7605, 1/4th Yorkshire Regiment, died at home 19 January 1917. Aged 22., Son of Arthur William & Rose Everett of 54, Barton Road, Ely. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

See also Ely World War 1 Memorial

EVERSON Herbert Scott No photograph currently available
Sapper 229135, R.O.D, Royal Engineers. Died in United Kingdom 6 November 1917. Aged 22. Enlisted Wisbech. Son of Herbert and Susannah Elizabeth Everson, of Aylsham House, 28, Barton Rd., Ely. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 162. See also Ely Holy Trinity, Ely World War 1 Memorial, and Liverpool Street Station, London
GATHERCOLE Francis Walter
Private 28508, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 30 December 1916. Aged 25. Husband of Emma Bidwell (formerly Gathercole), of Witchford, Ely. Enlisted in Norwich. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire. See also Ely World War 1 Memorial

Extract from Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 5 January 1917, page 7:

ELY HERO’S FUNERAL.
Honoured by Volunteers and Wounded Soldiers.

The funeral of Pte. F. W. Gathercole, of the Suffolks, who died from wounds received in action, took place at Ely on Wednesday. The deceased was 25 years of age. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Springhead-lane, Ely, and residing near by are his grief-stricken widow and two young children. Pte. Gathercole joined up under the Deby scheme in April, 1916, went out to France in the following August, and was wounded in the Battle of the Somme September 12th with shrapnel, whilst a rifle bullet entered his right shoulder. He was invalided to the 2nd Eastern Hospital, Brighton, where a number operations were performed on the gallant fellow in an endeavour to save his life, Unfortunately septic poisoning set in, and although everything possible was done for him, he passed away on December 30th in the presence his wife, who had been with him for some ten weeks, and who speaks with great praise and thankfulness of the efforts of the staff and nurses of the hospital. It may be remembered that a brother —Pte. G. M. Gathercole, Middlesex Regiment—was killed in action on August 31st, 1916, leaving a widow and four little children; and there are three more brothers serving their King and country—Pte. Jas. Wm. Gathercole, R.G.A. (in France), Pte. Wm. Gathercole. Norfolk Regiment (in Egypt), and Pte. John Gathercole (now in training in England).

The chief mourners at the funeral were: Mrs. Gathercole (widow), Clara Gathercole (deceased's litiie daughter), Mr. and Mrs. Gathercole (father and mother). Miss Gathercole (sister). Mr. Walter Gathercole (brother). Mrs. H. Gathercole, Adelaide, Mrs. Gage. Cambridge, and Mrs. S. Gathercole (sisters-in-law). Mr. and Mrs. A. Brown, Hilgay Fen, and Mr. and Mrs. Peters (uncles and aunts), Mr. George Peters, Mrs. Venney, S'hip Inn, Ely, and Miss Rosie Lee (cousins), Miss Ethel Rogers, Miss Daisy Rogers, etc.

??? soldiers atended the funeral, and the procession was an imposing one, headed by Company-Sergt.-Major H. A. Clarke, who commanded the whole detachment, and was also in charge of the firing party, which was composed of the following Ely Volunteers: Sergt. Lown, Corpls. Dobbs, Hood, Smith, Lce.-Corpl. Newstead, Corporal Andrews. Ptes. Butcher, C. Scott, Simpkins, Haigh and H. Onion. The military mourners (irrespective of the firing party) were under Sergt. E. Dingle.

The coffin was draped with the Union Jack and covered with wreaths from relatives and friends. The bearer party were also Ely Volunteers, as follows, being in charge of Corpl. H. A. Roythorne: Ptes. Moulton, Woods, Crouch, Churchyard, Pigott and Sewell. The coffin was received in Springhead-lane by the firing party presenting arms, and the other military mourners, who were afterwards formed up in the Prickwillow-road, brought up the rear of the procession after the cortege had passed between their lines en route to the cemetery, via New Barns-road. At the cemetery gates the firing party lined up on each side, resting with bowed heads on their arms as the coffin passed into the cemetery. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. C. Hair (vicar of Holy Trinity). The inscription on the coffin was: “Pte. F. Gathercole, No. 28508, died December 30th, 1916, aged 25 years.” The police were represented by Inspector Cornwell, and there was a very large attendance of the general public, including P.C. Logan, the Volunteer Drill Instructor. Three volleys were fired over the grave, and the “Last Post” was sounded by Buglers Tingey and Dann. There were a number of foral tributes, wreaths being sent by the deceased’s widow and children, father and mother, and other members of the family.

The undertaker was Mr. John Webb, Station-road. Ely.

NEWMAN Charles Henry

Photograph Copyright © Simon Knott 2009

Private 295264, 2nd/4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, Killed in France 12 September 1917. Aged 28. Son of Annie Fisher (formerly Newman), of 48, Fore Hill, Ely, Cambs., and the late Joseph Newman. Buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 1.

See also Ely World War 1 Memorial

In loving memory
of a dear boy
Charles Henry Newman
Killed in France September 12 1917
aged 28 Years.
Dearly Loved
& Never Forgotten
Mother

ROYSTON Harold Thomas

Private 15980, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 1 August 1916. Aged 18. Son of John Thomas Royston and his wife Rose Marshall, of Station Rd., Great Wilbraham, Cambs. Born at Ely. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

See also Ely World War 1 Memorial

WATSON Ralph
Acting Sergeant 5948, 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, 1st Division. Killed in action. Killed in action at Richebourg L`Avoue Sunday 9 May 1915. Enlisted in Peterborough. Born 1880 at Stuntney and baptised at Holy Cross, Stuntney on October 24th, 1880. Son of James & Elizabeth Watson of 'The Wheatsheaf', Ely. Buried in Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, Pas de Calais, France. Grave VI. K. 39.

The Cambridgeshire Times, Friday May 21st, 1915 - page 8

Ely Sergeant Killed In Action

We regret to record the death of Sergeant R. Watson of the 1st Northamptonshire Regiment, who was killed in action on the 9th inst. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Watson, of The Wheatsheaf, West Fen Road, Ely. The news of his death was conveyed in a letter from driver W. Cross, Army Services Corps, who was attached to the same Regiment, and who, with the deceased, were the only two Ely men, we believe in the Northamptonshires. Writing on the 10th inst. driver Cross stated that Sgt Watson was killed on the previous day being hit in the head. In a previous letter the driver had expressed pleasure at meeting another Ely man in the same Regiment.

Sgt Watson was well known in the city and highly respected. He enlisted in the Northamptonshire Regiment at Peterborough on October 9th, 1899 and went through the South African War, gaining both the Queen’s and the King’s Medal. He was afterwards drafted to India, where he completed his twelve years’ service. He was called up on August 1st of last year and before going to the front acted as drill instructor at Weymouth for about two months. He was then a corporal and received his extra stripe in France. Sergeant Watson, who was 35 years of age, was unmarried.

See also Ely World War 1 Memorial

Between Wars
GARNER J H
Private GS/179036, Royal Fusiliers. Died 14 March 1920. Age 20.
GARNER W
Private 16313, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28 February 1920. Age 24.
LUDDINGTON William James Cropley
Lieutenant Colonel, East Lancashire Regiment. Born 20 December 1871. Died 26 November 1921.
World War 2
BRYANT Raymond Cyril
Lance Corporal S/282626, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 1 June 1945. Aged 39. Son of Adam and Harriet Bryant, of Ely. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.
CARTER R E
Sergeant 970045, Observer, Royal Air Force. Died 10 July 1941. Age 20. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.
HARDCASTLE R D

Aircraft Woman 2nd Class 2144297, Women's Auxilary Air Force. Died 22 May 1943. Aged 18. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

HART D F

Cadet 170, Air Training Corps. Died 24 August 1942. Aged 16. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

HOWARD Selwyn Ivo Kenneth

Corporal 5933046, 2nd Battalion. The Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died 19 July 1940. Aged 20. Son of Edward and Edith Ellen Howard, of Ely. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

See also Ely World War 2 Memorial.

LEVESQUE F J

Serjent de Section R.77456, Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died 22 August 1942. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

 

LOUNT R M

Warrant Officer R.80935, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died 21 October 1942. Age 21. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

 

PAYTON Alfred William

Sergeant 1869457, 51 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died 14 November 1944. Aged 21. Son of Alfred and Ethel Maud Payton, of Ely; husband of Marjorie Ann Payton, of Ely. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

See also Ely World War 2 Memorial.

PAYTON George William

Pilot OfficierRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, lost on operations 19 August 1941. Aged 20. Son of George Robertson Payton and Elsie May Payton, of Ely, Cambridgeshire. Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial, Surrey and also on his brothers grave in Ely Cemetery. His brother Ronald also died on service.

See also Ely World War 2 Memorial

PAYTON Ronald
Sergeant 1649941, 90 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died 22 September 1943. Aged 19. Son of George Roberson Payton and Elsie May Payton, of Ely. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire. His brother George William also died on service.

See also Ely World War 2 Memorial

PETERS Harold Herbert
Private 5932738, 9th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 5 May 1941. Aged 23. Son of Harold Herbert and Mary Lizzy Peters, of Ely; husband of Lily Peters, of Ely. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

See also Ely World War 2 Memorial

TUNNELL Leonard William
Private 5933189, 2nd Battion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 8 December 1944. Aged 22. Son of William and Florence Daisy Tunnell, of Ely. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

See also Ely World War 2 Memorial

Post War
ARCHER Goodwyn Luddington
Lieutenant Colonel, The Cambridgeshire Regiment T.A. G St. J, T.D., D.L. Died 26 November 1962. Aged 84 years. Born 28 April 1878. In the 1901 census he was aged 22, born Ely, Cambridgeshire, a Solicitor, son of Harold and Sophia E L Archer, resident East Side of Market Place, The City of Ely, Ely Trinity (Isle of Ely), Ely, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 32, born Ely, Cambridgeshire, a Solicitor, son of Harold L and Sophia Eliza Little Archer, resident Market Place Ely Cambridgeshire, Ely Trinity, Cambridgeshire. In the 1939 Register he was a Solicitor, divorced, resident 49 Silver Street, Ely, Ely U.D., Cambridgeshire. Buried 30 November 1962 in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.
BECKETT John Goodwyn Allden
Colonel of the Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died 1987. Aged 73. Born 1914. High Sheriff 1966/7, Mayor of Ely 1977/8, Honorary Alderman of Ely. Buried 27 November 1987 in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.
CARRUTHERS George
Flight Sergeant 341886, RAF Wittering, Royal Air Force. Died 22nd April 1950. Age 52. Born 21 September 1898. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire. Section CB2. Grave 562.
GOTOBED Algia Walter
Leading Aircraftman 1225551, Royal Air Force. Died 4 January 1946. Age 37. Son of William and Mary Ann Gotobed, of Ely husband of Grace Gotobed, of Ely. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire. Section CB2. Grave 1013.
JOHNSON W T
Flight Sergeant 515051, Royal Air Force. Died 27 January 1949. Age 47. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.
KACIR Ondrej
Pilot in the Royal Air Force. Aircraftman 788970, R.A.F. Cardington, Royal Air Force. Escaped from Communist Czechoslovakia 1948. Died in Ely 28 August 1949, aged 37. Born 26 September 1911. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire. Also his wife Ludmila Kacir, died 21st November 1985, aged 70 years. Section CB2. Grave 59.
PARSONS Joseph
Warrant Officer 337568, Royal Air Force. Died 12 September 1948. Age 47. Born 20 June 1901. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire. Section CB2. Grave 886.
PYE Royston
Corporal A8030182, R.A.F. Ely, Royal Air Force. Died 3 May 1983. Age 40. Born 24 May 1942. Buried in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire. Section Con. CA. Grave 560.

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