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OAKINGTON ST ANDREW WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Ann Thompson

The war memorial is inside the parish church of St. Andrew's, High Street, Oakington, and is to be found in the north aisle. It takes the form of a wall mounted wooden Triptych that opens to show a sculpted crucifixion flanked by a bracketed figure either side; slightly forward of the Crucifixion scene is a trefoiled wooden panel surmounted by two heraldic shields with the innscriptions and World War 1 names on the inside of the two doors; further World War 2 and Afghanistan Conflict inscriptions and names are to be found on an extension to the base panels below the Triptych; all the lettering os finished in a gilt colour in addition to which, when closed, the Triptych has a painted nativity scene. The memorial was dedicated circa December 1920. There are 20 names for World War 1, 15 for World War 2 and one for Afghanistan.

Photograph Copyright ©Ann Thompson 2000

IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR
THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919

GREATER LOVE HATH
NO MAN THAN THIS

DEATH IS SWALLOWED
UP IN VICTORY

AMPS

James Young

Private 106029, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 25 March 1918. Born and resident Oakington, enlisted Cambridge. Worked for Great Eastern Railway. Buried in ASSEVILLERS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 7. See also Liverpool Street Station War Memorial and Girton
BRICKWOOD

James Herbert

Rifleman, A/200557, 4th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps who was killed in action on Thursday, 16th August 1917. Aged 34. Born Dry Drayton, enlisted Cambridge. Husband of Sarah Alice Brickwood, of Station Cottages, Oakington. Formerly 6164, Cambridgeshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 115 to 119 and 162A and 163A

DANT

Sidney Horace

Private, 44643, "D" Coy. 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment who died on Thursday, 30th May 1918. Aged 18. Born Cambridge, enlisted Whitehall, London. Son of Elizabeth Ann Dant, of 20, Victoria Rd., Cambridge, and the late Charles Dant. Fromerly 537227, London, Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France

DOGGETT

Bert Webster

Private, 33331, 36th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, Labour Corps who was killed in action on Sunday, 23rd September 1917. Born and resident Oakington, enlisted Willingham. Buried in Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Row D. Grave 6.

DOGGETT

Charles Kimpton

Private, 29341, 1st/8th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment formerly (36501), Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action on Thursday, 4th October 1917. Aged 32. Born Destwich, Cambs (sic), enlisted Cambridge, resident Oakington. Husband of Georgina May Doggett, of Cross Roads, Oakington. Buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XX. Row A. Grave 23.

GOLDING

Hubert

probably Hubert James Golding, Private, 19375, 10th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died of wounds on Saturday, 28th July 1917. Enlisted Coventry. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 8

HOPKINS

Clarence

No further information currently

LITTLEDALE

Arthur Charles

Major, 19th Bty., Royal Field Artillery who died of wounds on Sunday, 9th May 1915. Aged 35. Son of Maj. Henry Littledale and Elizabeth Littledale; husband of Mary Josephine Littledale, of Cherwell Edge, Oxford. Buried in CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XVII. Row B. Grave 4.

NEWTON

Gerald

Private 3251, Suffolk Yeomanry, who died on Monday, 1st November 1915. Aged 21. Son of Mr. G. S. and Mrs. M. A. Newton, of Malzie Lodge, Hills Avenue, Cambridge. Born at Warboys, Huntingdon, resident Warboys, enlisted Woodbridge. Buried in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta. Plot D. Row I. Grave 2.

PHIPPS

[Christophe] Leckonby

Lieutenant, 118th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery, attached Royal Flying Corps, Royal Garrison Artillery who was killed in action on Tuesday, 14th August 1917. Aged 20. Son of Gerald Edward and Emily Phipps, of St. Albans. Buried in The Huts Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row C. Grave 16

PIERSON

William Henry

Corporal 40733, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was kiled in action on Thursday, 10th May 1917. Aged 24. Born Cottenham, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Henry and Caroline Pierson, of 3, Elm Cottages, Corbett St., Cottenham. Formerly 4327, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery. Plot I. Row F. Grave 36.

RENSHAW

William Edwin

Private 15585, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action on Friday, 22nd March 1918. Born Brampton, Hunts, enlisted Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.

STEARN

[Jesse] Ellis

[J E Stearn on CWGC] Private 27230, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment). Died of wounds 1 November 1917. Aged 20. Born and resident Oakington, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Robert and Jane Stearn, of High St., Oakington, Cambs. Buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row F. Grave 44.

TROTT

George

Private 15826, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment (confirmed in Petty Sessional Division of Cambridge, Roll of Service, July 1915). Killed in action Saturday 1st July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Cambrwell, Surrey, enlisted Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A

YOUNG

Walter

Private 3755, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment who died of wounds on Friday, 22nd September 1916. Aged 18. Enlisted Cambridge. Foster son of Amelia Smith, of Cambridge Rd., Oakington. Buried in GEZAINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 10.

AND IN THE WAR 1939 - 1945
BAKER

Eric

possibly Eric Gordon Baker, Lance Corporal, 5933206, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment who died on Saturday, 14th February 1942. Aged 28. Son of Gordon and Ettie Baker, of Avondale, Auckland, New Zealand. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Civil Hospital Grave Memorial, Singapore. Panel 3.

CROSS

Arthur George Jonathon

Driver, T/234070, 258 General Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps who died on Tuesday, 16th March 1943. Aged 35. Son of George and Fanny Cross; husband of Lilian Alice Cross, of Oakington. Buried in Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya. Plot 6. Row B. Grave 18.

NEAL

Reginald Charles Henry

Private, 5777821, 4th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment who died on Wednesday, 3rd March 1943. Aged 23. Prisoner of war. Son of Charles Henry and Phoebe Maria Neal, of Oakington. Buried in Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Plot 13. Row A. Grave 8.

PAULEY

Felix Owen Warboys

Flight Sergeant, 1392466, Air Bomber, 106 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Wednesday, 16th February 1944. Buried in St. Andrew Churchyard, Oakington.

PLUCK

Arthur Douglas

Private, 5830982, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment who died on Thursday, 10th June 1943. Aged 25. Prisoner of war. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2. Row M. Grave 23.

TOATES

John

Lance Corporal, 5832269, Corps of Military Police who died on Monday, 29th November 1943. Aged 29. Son of Charles and Sarah Toates, of Oakington. Buried in Dely Ibrahim War Cemetery, Algeria. Plot 4. Row E. Grave 10.

WEBB

Jonas Newton

Second Lieutenant, 339978, Royal Armoured Corps attached 16th Light Cavalry,, Indian Armoured Corps who died on Sunday, 25th February 1945. Aged 23. Son of Hubert Coote Webb and Amy Augusta Webb, of Oakington. Buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar. Plot 20. Row G. Grave 16.

There is a second record for him on the CWGC which lists him as 16th Indian Light Cavalry commemorated at Rangoon.

Afghanistan 2009
FENTIMAN Andrew Ian

Rifleman 25232737, 7 Rifles (Territorial). Shot as his patrol came under fire near Sangin in Helmand province 15 November 2009. Aged 23. Born 29 July 1986. Buried in St. Andrew Churchyard, Oakington.

Note: After his death, one of the tributes to him was a bench, set in place outside the Pavilion at Oakington.

Photograph Copyright © CambridgeshireLive November 2016

Extract from The Times, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, article by Andrew Norfolk:

Soldier killed on patrol was awaiting new armour
Andrew Norfolk

A Territorial Army soldier who was killed after serving only two weeks in Afghanistan told friends that his battalion was still awaiting delivery of new body armour and helmets.

Rifleman Andrew Fentiman, 23, a university graduate who volunteered to serve in Helmand province because he hoped to become a commissioned officer, was shot dead by the Taleban on Sunday while on foot patrol near Sangin.

Eleven days before his death, the reservist posted a blog informing former work colleagues that he had arrived in Afghanistan and was about to be moved to a forward operating base. He wrote: "We are still waiting on these new body armour and helmets that were promised to us. You would have seen the story splashed all over the news. They said they would be ready for us but we hope they will arrive soon ..."

In September the Ministry of Defence announced that 5,000 sets of its new Osprey Assault body armour and adapted Mk 7 helmets were being shipped to Afghanistan for the use of frontline troops. The MoD said last night that the equipment reached Helmand in October but it was unable to confirm whether, or when, any of the sets were issued to Rifleman Fentiman's battalion, 7 Rifles, which was attached to the 3 Rifles Battle Group.

He was the 234th member of the British Armed Forces to die in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001 and the 97th to be killed this year. He is the second TA soldier to be killed.

An estimated 650 of the 9,000 troops on operational tours in Helmand are TA volunteers; in total, 3,000 TA soldiers have served in southern Afghanistan since 2006. The MoD was unable to say how many of them had been killed.

The wife of a British Army bomb disposal expert killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan,Rifleman Andrew Fentiman was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday,on Sunday described him yesterday as a "true hero". Corporal Loren Marlton-Thomas, 28, from 33 Engineer Regiment, died while clearing a route in Gereshk in Helmand. His wife, Nicola, described him as "army barmy", adding: "He did the job he loved and paid the ultimate price for his friends, comrades and country."

Corporal Marlton-Thomas, who was from Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire and lived in Braintree, Essex, joined the Army in 1998.

Rifleman Fentiman, from Cambridge, studied mechanical engineering at the University of Leicester, where he was a member of the East Midlands University Officer Training Corps. After graduating, he became a sales manager for an American software company, Teamstudio, and joined the TA in 2007. He had intended to return to his civilian job at Teamstudio, whose European operation is based at Huntingdon.

An MoD spokeswoman said the new body armour and helmets were designed to improve soldiers' comfort and flexibility but offered no greater protection than the equipment used in Afghanistan until now.

The front and back plates of the former Osprey armour hung off the shoulders; the plates' in the new Osprey Assault armour, inserted into front and back body pouches, are less,bulky and allow arms to swing more freely. The adapted Mark 7 helmet is easier to use in combination with the new body armour when lying on the ground.

'New kit provides better comfort but does not give better protection'
General Nicholas Houghton, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, said of Rifleman Fentiman's death: "The newer kit provides better comfort but it does not give better protection. Sadly, therefore, there is no reason to believe it would have made any difference in respect of survivability in this case."

Speaking to BBC News in the week he was killed, Corporal MarltonThomas described seeing the "nerveracking" process of searching for and destroying IEDs. "Each time we go out, we see a broad spectrum of devices. For the lads who are doing the searching, the colour has drained from their faces quite a few times.

"For myself, I'm a little farther back, but still I'm worrying about the guys on the ground. So for me it is nerveracking as well."

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