War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
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© 2000 Dave Edwards
additional RFC/RNAS/RAF information David Manning
Mepal War Memorial stands at the roadside on the corner of High Street
and School Lane. It takes the form of a stone cross mounted on a four-stepped
base. Thirteen names are listed for World War 1 and six for World War
an old postcard
from Ely Standard, Friday 13th October 1922:
Woman's Name on Roll of Honour.
THE WAR MEMORIAL.
the glory of God and in thankful memory," a memorial cross was
unveiled and dedicated at Mepal on Sunday, when the whole village assembled
to pay reverent homage to the 13 inhabitants who gave their lives for
their country in the Great War.
A notable fact about the Mepal memorial is that the names recorded upon
it include that of Miss Nellie Waters, who Died from pneumonia while
serving at a military camp at Thetford as a member of the N.A.C.B. Her
father was one of the large number of bereaved relatives who attended
the simply but deeply impressive service on the green. A light shower,
about an hour before the ceremony, threatened to mar the proceedings.
The sky was overcast and rain seemed imminent. While the brief Church
service was in progress, the sun shone brilliantly, and the unveiling
ceremony was graced by delightful weather. Visitors from Sutton and
elsewhere swelled the attendance.
Capt. Colin Coote, D.S.O., M.P., had promised to perform the unveiling,
and it was regrettable that the Rector (the Rev. J. W. Robson) had to
announce that the Isle Member had failed to arrive. Under the circumstances,
Mr. A. S Corbett, of Wellington, Shropshire, who was visiting Mr. F.
Pearson. chairmen of the War Memorial Committee, filled the breach.
gratitude to her thirteen heroes is shown in a monument in the form
of a Maltese cross, constructed of Cornish granite, and erected on the
most conspicuous site to be found in the village. It stands on the green,
at the junction of the two roads leading through the village. Built
upon a sound foundation, the memorial was executed by Messrs. W. T.
Doe and Son, of Soham, and the whole of the cost, with the exception
of the iron pallisading, was defrayed by public subscription. When designs
were originally considered, provision was not made for this part of
the work. The design is simple but the memorial is none the less imposing.
should be paid to the Committee responsible for the scheme. Formed as
recently as eight months ago, the members, under the leadership of Mr.
T. Pearson, chairman, worked assiduously to ensure completion of the
memorial as soon as possible, and, receiving the co-operation of the
inhabitants, succeeded in their aim. The Committee also comprised Messrs.
Vivian Hadder, S. Pepper, John Fisher, A. Setchfield, J. J. Pearson,
John Rayner, W. S. Pearson (hon. treasurer), and Perry Constable (hon.
to the unveiling ceremony, a service was conducted in the quaint but
picturesque little Parish Church by the Rector, and the limited seating
accommodation was soon occupied. Harvest festival decorations made the
service more beautiful. Following the hymn “O God, our help in
ages past,” a fitting explanation of the reason for those solemn
proceedings was intoned by the Rector. Versicles and responses preceded
Psalm 46, after the lesson, Romans 8, v. 23 to 39, the congregation
processed to the memorial for the unveiling ceremony.
scenes were witnessed. Women were moved to tears, and men stood with
heads bared in reverence. Under their Commandant, Mr. J. Simpson, a
contingent of the Sutton Branch of the British Legion formed a guard
of honour, and the relatives of the fallen, carrying floral tributes,
stood on either side of the monument.
the outset, the Rector expressed regret for the absence of Capt. Coote,
adding that he was unable to state why he had failed to arrive. He mentioned
that Mr. Corbett would deputise.
the formal unveiling and dedication, and the hymn "Fight the good
fight," Mr. A. S. Corbett delivered an inspiring address,
To the glory of God and to the memory of those who fell
in the great war."
Private, F. B. Angood,
Private, H. Atkin,
Private, L. D. Constable,
Private, W. Constable,
Private, W. Hall,
Lce.-Cpl. W. Hensby,
Capt C. A. Lee,
R,N.A.S. A. C. Pearson,
Pte, E. G, Palmer„
A.S. W. M. Rowell,
Lce.-Cpl. A. W. Sykes,
Private, J. M. Wollastow,
MR. CORBETT’S ADDRESS.
his address. Mr. Corbett said he was very sorry Capt, Coote was not
present, but he was always pleased to do what he could in that direction.
It was wonderful, as one travelled about the country, to see the monuments
which had been erected to those who had made the supreme sacrifice,
and that afternoon the last thing they could do, when they thought of
the wonderful way in which those noble men and women laid down their
lives for others, and for them, was to rededicate and re-consecrate
themselves yo yhe services of jesus Christ.
"We shall never forget," he went on, "the magnificent
service which they have rendered to us and all mankind. This is not
the time for a speech, but only to speak from the heart, and say that
we honour them."
The monument would remind them of the work they did in action in the
Great War. After extending sympathy to the bereaved relatives, Mr. Corbett
said they trusted the Eastern crisis would soon blow over; that England
would become s peaceful land; that the world might have peace, so that
war would be no more, and that the Great Peacemaker might reign for
so as we go to our respective homes,” he concluded, “may
we go with the determination to fight on truthfully and manfully, and
ever to be at our post of duty like those dear brothers and sisters
whose memory we are celebrating to-day. May we go forward with compassion,
and hearts all aglow.” “Go, work in my vineyard, the Master
The proceedings concluded with the hymn “Praise, my soul, the
King of Heaven,” after which the bereaved deposited their floral
emblems around the base of the cross. These number 43, and they were
the glory of God
and to the memory
of those who fell in
the Great War.
G/86194, 19th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment).
Killedf in action 23 July 1918. Aged 35.
Resident Raunds, Northamptonshire, enlisted Northampton. Son of
Frederick and Jane Angood of Mepal. Husband of Lilian A.
Angood (nee Kirby), of High St., Thrapston, Northants, married in
the April to June Quarter 1912 in Thrapston. In
the 1901 census he was aged 18, born Mepal, a Shoe Maker, lodging
with Harry and Edith Annie Bamford, resident Spencer Street, Raunds,
Thrapston, Northamptonshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 29,
born Mepal, a Boot Maker, lodging at 3, Abbey Road, Grimsby, Great
Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery,
Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXVIII. Row G.
7545, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 15 February
1915. Born Sutton, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Ely. In the 1901 census
he was aged 17, born Mepal, a Farm Labourer, lodging at Wood Farm,
Chatteris (Isle of Ely), North Witchford, Cambridgeshire. In the
1901 census he was aged 6, born Mepal, son of Thomas and Ann Constable,
The Green, Mepal (Isle of Ely), Ely, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911
census he was aged 27, born Mepal, a Farm Labourer, married to Annie,
resident Wood Street, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. No known grave.
Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Panel 21. See also Witcham
33420, 6th Battalion, Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire
Regiment) formerly 4587, Suffolk Regiment (SDGW states Staffordshire
Regiment). 11th Division. Killed in action 27 September 1917. Aged
20. Born in Ely and enlisted in Ely. Resident of Mepal. Son of Thomas
Constable, of Brook House, Sutton, Ely, Cambs. In the 1901 census
he was aged 4, born Mepal, son of Thomas and Ann Constable, The
Green, Mepal (Isle of Ely), Ely, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census
he was aged 14, born Mepal, a Farm Labourer, son of Thomas and Ann
Constable, resident Thomas Constable, Mepal, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Panel 52 to 54.
30804, Bedfordshire Yeomanry formerly 1882, Bedfordshire
Yeomanry. Died from pneumonia and finally consumption in
1921. Aged 26. Volunteered in 1915 and served throughout the war.
Brother of Leonard above. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born
Mepal, son of Thomas and Ann Constable, The Green, Mepal (Isle of
Ely), Ely, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born
Mepal, a Horseman on Farm, residing with his brother, Herbert Sutton
Constable, at Common Farm, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. Photograph
on the Cambridgeshire
Community Archives Network website.
& Walter Constable
24478, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action
10 December 1916. Aged 24. Born
Mepal, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Ely, Cambridgeshire. Son of Mr &
Mrs Harry Hall of Mepal. In the 1901 census he was aged
8, born Mepal, Cambridgeshire, son of Henry and Eliza Hall, resident
Sutton Road, Mepal (Isle of Ely), Ely, Cambridgeshire.
In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Mepal, Cambridgeshire,
a Second Housekeeper, son of Harry and Eliza Ann Hall, resident
Mepal (Isle of Ely), Ely, Cambridgeshire. No known grave.
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face
11 A and 11 D.
Corporal 23948, 12th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action
25 March 1918. Aged 22. Born Littleport, Cambridgeshire, enlisted
Ely. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais,
France. Bay 4. See also Sutton
Chinese Labour Corps (18 October 1917) formerly Commander (Retired),
Royal Indian Marine, formerly Royal Naval Reserve. Died at Taranto
on his way to India 6 February 1918. Aged 63. Son of the late Rev.
William and Mary Lee; husband of Margaret Elizabeth Lee, of The
Cottage, Mepal, Ely, Cambs. Awarded the Order
of the Sacred Treasure (Japan) and RD, Decoration for Officers of
the Royal Naval Reserve, commonly known as the Reserve Decoration
(RD), was a medal awarded in the Royal Naval Reserve of the United
Kingdom to officers with at least fifteen years of active duty.
in Taranto Town Cemetery Extension, Italy. Plot III. Row B. Grave
1st Class 237984,
47th Wing, Royal Air Force formerly F37984, Royal Naval Air Service.
of pneumonia 2 November 1918. Aged 30. Born 14 May 1888 in
Witcham, Cambridgeshire. Son of Jonas James Pearson; husband of
Florence Cronk (formerly Pearson), of 95, Downton Avenue, Streatham
Hill, London. Native
of Brixton, London. Prior to enlistment he was a Contractor. Enlisted
14 September 1917, height 5 feet 7½ inches, chest 34½
inches, brown hair, blue eyes, fair complexion. Transferred from
R.N.A.S. to R.A.F. 31 May 1918. Buried in the West part of Mepal
(St. Mary) Churchyard, Cambridgeshire.
6th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 12th Division.
Killed in action 21 September 1918. Born 19 June 1897 in Sutton,
the eldest son of Ephraim and Esther Rebecca Palmer (nee Dewey).
Baptsied 29 August 1897 in Sutton, son of Ephraim and Hester Rebecca
Palmer. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Sutton, Cambridgeshire,
son of Ephraim and Esther Palmer, resident High Street, Red Lion
Lane, Sutton (Isle of Ely), Ely, Cambridgeshire. The family moved
to Manor Farm Cottage, Mepal, in August 1905. In the 1911 census
he was aged 13, born Sutton, a Labourer, son of Ephraim and Esther
Rebcecca Palmer, resident Mepal, Ely, Cambridgeshire. Enlisted in
Bury St. Edmunds. Called up for service at cambrdige 15 March 1916,
appointed to Royal West Kent Regiment, allotted regimental number
G30504, posted 3rd Battalion at Rochester 16 March 1916. Buried
in Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row
A. Grave 5.
Seaman R/1803, Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Divison Royal Naval Volunteer
19 October 1918 while Prisoner
of War at Lazarette War Hospital, Lehrerseminar A.27 D.F.35.
Born 24 June 1898 in Witcham. Son of William Rowell, of The
Green, Mepal. Mobilized 15 June 1917 to 3rd Reserve Battalion, at
Blandford. Joined Hood Battalion,
Royal Naval Division, 22 October 1917 at Passchendaele. Posted missing
24 March 1918 (retreat from Cambrai to Hamel), later reported Prisoner
of War. No cause of death stated, but very likely pneumonia and/or
influenza. Religious denomination Church of England. In the 1901
census he was aged 2, born Witcham, son of William and Mabel Rowell,
resident Headleys Lane, Witcham (Isle of Ely), Ely, Cambridgeshire.
In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Witcham, a Scholar, son
of William and Mabel Rowell, resident Bury Road, Witcham, Isle of
Ely, Cambridgeshire. Buried in Mons Communal Cemetery, Mons, Hainaut,
Belgium. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 7. See also Witcham
Corporal 3/7568, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. 12th. Division.
Killed in action 30 November 1917. Born in Mepal and enlisted in
Ely. Son of Hannah Sykes, resident Mepal Row, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Mepal, son of George and
Hannah Sykes, resident The Bank, Mepal (Isle of Ely), Ely, Cambridgeshire.
In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Mepal, a farm Labourer,
boarding in Mepal, Ely, Cambridgeshire. Attested 8 April 1913 in
3rd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment at Ely, aged 18 years, born Mepal,
an Agricultural Labourer, unmarried, height 5 feet 5 inches, weight
110 lbs, chest 33½ inches, blue eyes, brown hair, religious
denomination Church of England. Mobilised 8 August 1914, posted
Depot 26 December 1914, posted 3rd Battalion 9 June 1915, posted
7th Battalion, 3rd September 1915. posted Depot 17 November 1915,
posted 3rd Battalion 28 November 1916, posted 7th Battalion 9 January
1917, embarked at Folkestone and disembarked Calais 9 Janaury 1917.
No known grave. Commemorated on Cambrai Memorial, Nord, France.
Private 77169, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry,
discharged with wounds in 1918. Died 5 April 1938. Aged 40. He was
the second son of Mrs Whitehead and the late Mr George William Whitehead
of Mepal. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Chatteris, son
of George William and Sarah Jane Whitehead, resident 7, London Road,
Southampton Row, Chatteris (Isle of Ely), North Witchford, Cambridgeshire.
In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Chatteris, a Farm Labourer,
son of George W and Sarah J Whitehead, resident Mepal Fen, Mepal,
Ely, Cambridgeshire. Buried in Mepal. (Probably the latest date
of death on any Cambridgeshire War Memorial.)
as Oscar Mott WOLLASTON on all military records] Private 13854,
9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. 6th Division. Killed in action
near Ypres 19 December 1915. Born in Tottenham and enlisted in Ely.
Next of kin not known. Buried in White House Cemetery, St. Jean
les Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row B. Grave 18.
at Bury St Edmunds hospital 16 February 1919. Aged
22. Buried in Mepal. Daughter of Mr Charles Waters, Ferry
House, Mepal. She worked for the Navy and Army Canteen Board at
Thetford Military Camp, the forerunner of the NAAFI. In the 1901
census she was aged 4, born Mepal, daughter of Charles and Lucy
Waters, resident The Bridge, Mepal (Isle of Ely), Ely, Cambridgeshire.
In the 1911 census she was aged 14, born Mepal, a servant to Alexander
and Ellen Ann Setchfield, resident Cross Lodge, Mepal, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends
Class 1455545, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 19 January
1942. Aged 19. Born 12 March 1922, baptised 16 April 1922 in Manea,
son of Charles and Maud Baker, of The Biggins, Manea. Son of Charles
and Maude Baker, of Mepal.
Buried in Mepal (St. Mary) Churchyard, Cambridgeshire.
1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 16 October
1944. Aged 19. Born and resident Cambridgeshire. Son of Thomas H.
and Laura Hensby, of Mepal, Cambridgeshire.
In the 1939 Register he was born 2 November 1924, a Milkman Labourer,
resident 3 Witcham Road, Ely R.D., Cambridgeshire. Buried in Overloon
War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Plot III.
Row E. Grave 4.
2nd Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Died as a result of
an accident in India 30 June 1945. Aged 19. Born and resident Isle
of Ely. Son of Alfred Ferdinand and Emily May Ladson, of Mepal,
Buried in Ranchi War Cemetery, India.
Plot 4. Row A. Grave 11.
2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment.). Killed
in action in Italy 2 August 1944. Aged 23. Born and resident Cambridgeshire.
Son of Charles Percy and Rosina S. E. Norman, of Mepal, Cambridgeshire.
in Florence War Cemetery, Italy. Plot VI. Row E. Grave
1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Missing in the Middle East 14 November
1942. Aged 23. Born Cambridgeshire, resident Suffolk. Son of Mr.
and Mrs. Herbert Ladson Pepper, of Witchford, Cambridgeshire. No
known grave. Commemorated on Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 72.
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