is a very small village on the back road between March and Whittlesey.
This war memorial is a small obelisk on the roadside outside the Three
Horseshoes public house. The men named on this memorial are also named
on the war memorial at Coates, the next village along. Originally the
memorial was situated at the Baptist Chapel and was moved in 1978 when
the chapel was demolished. It moved first moved to Whittlesey Museum
and then back to its prsent location in 1993. There are nine names listed
for World War 1. The inscription:
tablet was erected by public subscription in memory of the soldiers
of Turves who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War
August 4th 1914 – June 23rd 1919.
LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.
St. John XV. 13"
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kindly transcribed by Fiona Davis - many thanks to her.
War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Cliff Brown
58th (Central Ontario) Battalion,
Canadian Infantry. Died of wounds 18 April 1917. Aged 22.
Son of George & Eliza Barrett, of Quaker's Grove,
Turves, Whittlesey. Born 11 July 1894 in Turves, Cambridgeshire.
Enlisted and passed fit 27 January 1916 at Weyburn, Saskatchewan,
in 152nd Battalion,
aged 21 years 7 months. Unmarried. Farmer by trade. Height 5 feet
6¼ inches, girth 35½ inches, complexion medmium, eyes
blue, hair medium brown; religion Baptist. In the 1911 census he
was aged 16, a Farm Labourer, born Turves, resident Quakers Drove,
Coates, son of George & Eliza Barrett. Buried in Barlin
Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France.
National Archives of Canada Accession Refernce: RG
150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 467 - 57 See also Coates
Royal Naval Division. Killed in action 21 August 1918. Born
17 August 1886 in Whittlesey. Lived Turves. Farmed with brother
as B & R Bowd, Bottom Hakes, Turves. Next of kin, Benjamin Bowd
of Botton Hakes, March, Cambridge. In the 1911 census he was living
with his brother Benjamin, aged 24, Farmer working on farm, born
Whittlesey, resident West Fen. In the 1901 census he was the son
of Arthur & Lucy Bowd, aged 14, Farmer's son, born and resident
Coates. No known grave. Commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial,
France. Panel 1 and 2. See also Coates
12th (Bermondsey) Battalion,
East Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds 23 Ocotber 1918, as
a Prisoner of War. Aged 18. Born Cambridge, enlisted Bury St Edmunds,
resident Whittlesey. Lived Turves. Son of Mr Robert Convine and
stepson of Mrs Convine, Burnt House Farm, Coates. Enlisted May 1918,
to Western Front September 1918. IN the 1911 census he is listed
as the son of Robery and Lucy Convine, aged 11, at school, born
Prickwillow, resident New Shams Farm, Kings End, Wisbech. Buried
(St Jean) Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section
C. Grave 47. See also Coates
2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 18 August 1916.
Aged 22. Born Chatteris, enlisted Whittlesey. Son of Alfred &
Jane Hill, of Witcham Farm. (Brother
of below). Buried in Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension,
Somme, France. Plot 2. Row A. Grave 125. See also Coates
11th (Cambs) Battalion,
Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 2 June 1916. Aged 20.
Born Manea, enlisted March. Son of Alfred & Jane Hill, of Witcham
(Brother of above). Buried in
Becourt Military Cemetery. Plot I. Row N. Grave 21. See also
24th (2nd Sportsman's) Battalion,
Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 10 July 1917. Aged 22.
Native of Mereside, Ramsey, Hunts. Enlisted March, resident Whittlesey.
Son of J & E llen Martin, Coates.
Formerly 10322 East Kent Regiment. Buried in Cambrin
Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section K. Grave
See also Coates
Royal West Kent Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1918. Aged
21. Born Huntingdon, enlisted and resident Whittlesey. Son of John
E & Jane A Savage, Hollands Farm, Glassmoor, Whittlesey. Buried
in Harponville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section
F. Gave 7.
See also Coates
"C" Company, 1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment.
Killed in action 6 May 1915. Aged 35. Born Hull, enlisted Cambridge.
According to the 1911 census he was a boarder, aged 32, living in
the Duke of Wellington, Kingsland, Coates, a farm labourer, no place
of birth given. No known grave. Commemorated on
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper,
Addenda Panel 57 and 58.
See also Coates
on memorial] Private 40537,
9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 3 May 1917. Enlisted
Whittlesey. Son of Mrs L Wotton, of 1 Carters Row, Coates. In the
1911 census he was the son of Robert & Lucy Wotton, his father
was an Innkeeper. He was aged 29, a Farm Labourer, born Peakirk,
Northamptonshire, resident in the Duke of Wellington, Kingsland,
Coates (Edward Taylor above was a boarder
there). Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de
Calais, France. Plot I. Row O. Grave 27. See
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