WILBRAHAM, ST JOHN WAR MEMORIAL
War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Ann Thompson
war memorial is inside the parish church of St. John, on the north wall.
The memroial takes the formk of a white marble tablet with the letters
incised in black, the whole if mounted on a darker marble backboard.
There are 34 names listed, 17 served and returned and 17 made the ultimate
sacrifice. There are further memorials in Great
Wilbraham St Nicholas church and Great
Wilbraham Memorial Hall.
from Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 14 May 1920, page
An impressive service took place in the Little Wilbraham Parish Church
on Sunday evening, when the memorial to the local men who fell in the
war was unveiled.
An inspiring sermon was preached the Rector. Rev. Dr. Stokes, on Hebrews
xii., 1. Touching incidents were related by the preacher and he earnestly
hoped the great sacrifices had not been made in vain, but that a better
England might arise. He alluded to the half million soldiers’
graves in France and Flanders, and the uniformity the memorials in the
various cemeteries, showing the brotherhood of the fallen—the
same pattern stone commemorating officers and privates alike. Appropriate
hymns were sung, followed by the National Anthem. At the conclusion
of the evening service Mrs. Stokes unveiled the memorial, supported
by the Rector and churchwardens.
The memorial consists of a marble tablet, on which are inscribed the
names, regiment and date of death of the local soldiers, bold Roman
capitals, as follows:
"In proud and grateful remembrance of the men from this parish
who lost their lives in the service their country in the Great War,
1914-1919. Blanden, Alfred W., 1st Suffolk, killed in action. February
18th, 1915; Arthur Gauntlett, R.G.A., died July 15th, 1918; Poulter,
James, E. R.F.A., killed in action, October 1916; William Rolph, 1st
Suffolks, killed in action March 7th, 1916; Stokes, Louis M.. Royal
Marines, killed in action November 13th, 1916: Taylor, Bertie W., 11th
Suffolks, killed in action January 17th. 1916; Brasnett. Walter E.,
1st Suffolks, died from wounds April 9th. 1917; Brasnett. Archibald
R., 1st Suffolks, died from wounds April 25th. 1917; Clarke. Harry S.,
11th Suffolks, killed in action April 3rd, 1917; Claydon. Harry C. F.,
8th East Surrey, killed in action November 11th, 1915; Potter, Maurice
H., 2nd Notts, and Derby, killed in action, January 31st, 1915: Potter,
Amos Frederick. Grenadier Guards; Shore, George. Royal Sussex, died
from wounds July 1st. 1916; Shore. Arthur, 2nd Suffolks, killed in action
March 3rd, 1918; Taylor, Henry A.. K.0.L.R., killed in action October
25th. 1915; Webb. Albert, 11th Suffolks, killed action April 28ih. 1917;
Wood, Frank. 11th East Yorks., killed in action November 11th, 1917.
Their name llveth for ever.”
The tablet is a white Sicilian marble, on black Belgium marble, with
white Sicilian corbels, and was erected by Messrs, Whitehead and Day,
Saffron Walden. The church was crowded with relatives and friends the
men who had fallen.
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PROUD AND GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THE MEN
FROM THIS PARISH, WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE
SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR
7308 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action on
Monday, 15th February 1915. Age 27. Born Gt. Wilbraham, enlisted
Cambridge. Son of Walter C. and Catherine Blanden, of Whitehall,
Little Wilbraham, Cambs. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL,
Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21
Serjeant 13968, 11th Battalion, 2nd Suffolk Regiment who was killed
in action on Tuesday, 9th April 1918. Age 25. Born Grantchester,
enlisted Newmarket. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Brasnett, of Six Mile
Bottom; husband of Edith Maud Brasnett, of 8, Six Mile Bottom. Cambs.
In the 1911 census he was aged 17 (born circa 1894), unmarried,
a Farm Labourer, born Grantchester, Cambridge, son of John and Susannah
Brasneet, resident Six Mile Bottom, Little Wilbraham, brother of
Arhibald (below). Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton,
Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 3. See also Six
6034, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment forlery 2nd Battalion. Died
of wounds 25 April 1917 out of service. Aged 36. In the 1911 census
he was aged 31 (born circa 1881), unmarried, a Farm Labourer,
born Fakenham, Norfolk, son of John and Susannah Brasnett, resident
Six Mile Bottom, Little Wilbraham, brother of Walter (below).
Death registered in the March to June Quarter 1917 in the Chesterton
to his Short Term Attestation he was aged 20 years 6 months when
he enlisted, born Fakenham, a Porter by trade, enlisted and was
apssed fit 5 February 1901 in London, aged 20. He was 5 feet 9¾
inches, weighed 147lbs, chest 35½ inches, complexion fresh,
eyes blue, hair dark brown, religious denomination Baptist. He
served with the Expeditionary Force France 7 October 1914 to 8
December 1914 and then 24 March 1915 to 5 May 1915. He was discharged
30 May 1916 as no longer physically fit for war service. Mother
Mrs J Brasnett, of Six Mile Bottom, near Newmarket. He was wounded
in the right hand then gunshot wounds and fractures tot he right
arm, gunshot wounds to right leg and left wrist.
Six Mile Bottom
Private, Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in Action 3 April 1917,
Buried in ST. NICOLAS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. See
also Six Mile Bottom
Harry Charles Frederick
Private 5182 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment who was killed
in action on Thursday, 11th November 1915. Age 26. Son of Ben and
Elizabeth Matilda Grace Claydon, of Six Mile Bottom, Newmarket;
husband of Violet Maud Claydon, of 7, Six Mile Bottom, Newmarket.
Buried in NORFOLK CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT, Somme, France. Grave
I. C. 20. See also Six Mile Bottom
and Liverpool Street Station,
Gunner 9759 2nd Ammunition Col., Royal Field Artillery who died
on Monday, 15th July 1918. Age 41. Son of Mrs. E. Lewington, of
Little Wilbraham, Cambs. Buried in RAWALPINDI WAR CEMETERY, Pakistan.
Grave 1. G. 7.
Private 22555 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards who
died on Tuesday, 26th November 1918. Husband of Mrs. E. E. Potter,
of Bitteswell, Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Buried in PREMONT BRITISH
CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Grave III. C. 24. See also Six
Lance Corporal 11182 1st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts &
Derby Regt.) who was killed in action on Sunday, 31st January 1915.
Age 24. Son of Elijah William and Jane Potter, of Six Mile Bottom,
Newmarket. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.
Panel 26 and 27.
Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny' s Roll of Honour
Volume 1, Part 1,
Page 294. POTTER, Maurice Henry. Lance Corporal, number 11182, 1st
Battalion Sherwood Foresters. 4th son of Elijah William Potter,
of Six Mile Bottom,Newmarket co. Cambs, goods porter on the Great
Eastern Railway at Six Mile Bottom station, by his wife Jane, dau
of James Cook. Born Six Mile Bottom 1-5-1891, educated council school
Enlisted in the
Sherwood Foresters 2-3-1909, served in India sept 1911 to oct 1914
and with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders Nov 1914
to 1-2-1915 on which date he was killed in action near La Bassee
and was buried 30 yards west of the Estaires-La Bassee road, was
He gained the second
class Certificate of Education 19-12-1909 and a first class certificate
of the same 27-3-1913, he also gained four good conduct badges and
the swimming certificate at Bombay 17-1-1914. His three brothers
are all now (1916) on active service.
See also Six Mile Bottom
Gunner L/37164, "D" Battery, 90th Brigade, Royal Field
Artillery. Killed in action 22 September 1916. Enlisted Hampstead,
middlesex, resident Kentish Town. In the 1891 census he was aged
10, a scholar, born Little Wilbraham, resident with his parents
Frederick and Mary A Poulter at Frog End, Little Wilbraham. He was
baptised 5 September 1880, son of Mary Ann and Frederick Poulter,
at Little Wilbrahm. Buried in BERNAFAY WOOD BRITISH CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN,
Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section E. Grave 16.
Private 8380 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action
on Sunday, 7th March 1915. Age 25. Son of Mrs. A. Rolph, of Little
Wilbraham, Cambs. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France.
Grave J. 20.
Private 40893 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed inn
action on Thursday, 28th March 1918. Commemoarted on ARRAS MEMORIAL,
Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4
SD/3022 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment who died of wounds
on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Age 24. Born Linton, enlisted at Hastings.
Son of Walter and Annie Shore, of Six Mile Bottom, Newmarket. Buried
in MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave VI. Q. 71.
Lieutenant 2nd R.M. Battalion R.M. Div., Royal Marine Light Infantry
who was killed in action on Monday, 13th November 1916. Age 19.
Buried in MAILLY WOOD CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave I. D. 32.
13580 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who killed in action on Saturday,
1st July 1916. Age 24. Born Little Wilbraham, enlisted Cambridge.
Son of William Charles and Minnie Eliza Frost, of Church Green,
Little Wilbraham, Cambs. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme,
France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A
Corporal 14992, 6th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment).
Died in Mesopotamia 25 October 1915. Born Hurst, Lancashire, enlisted
London. Buried in HILL 10 CEMETERY, Turkey (including Gallipoli).
Plot I. Row E. Grave 14. [Connection with Little Wilbraham and Six
Mile Bottom unknown] See also Six Mile
20404 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who killed in action on Saturday,
28th April 1917. Age 22. Son of David Webb, of 5, Six Mile Bottom,
Newmarket. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.
Bay 4. See also Six Mile Bottom
Private 11/843 11th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment who was killed
in action on Thursday, 8th November 1917. Age 22. Son of Henry William
and Harriet Woods, of Coventry Cottage, Six Mile Bottom, Cambs.
Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4 and
5. See also Six Mile Bottom
NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
28048 296 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who was killed in action on Tuesday,
13th July 1943. Age 35. Distinguished Flying Cross (U.S.A.). Son
of John Johnstone May, and of Christiana Brix May, of Parkstone,
Dorsetshire; husband of Doreen May. Previously served in the Chinese
Air Force (awarded gold medal). Commemorated on MALTA MEMORIAL,
Malta. Panel 6, Column 1.
49th Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment, R.A.C. who was killed
in action on Sunday, 29th April 1945. Age 30. Son of Mr. and Mrs.
William Preston; husband of Edna Kathleen Mary Preston, of Little
Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire. Buried in BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY, Germany.
Grave 2. H. 1A.
17 April, 2020