PAXTON WAR MEMORIAL
War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2001
Revised by Graham James 2020
memorial stands in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, Church Lane,
Great Paxton, a lane of the main road through Gt. Paxton. It takes the
form of a rough hewn, Celtic, cross set on a tapering plinth and a stepped
base; an additional small tablet can be found against the base with
a separate dedication. There are 11 names listed for World War 1.
Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001
THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN HONOURED
MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
Private 202812, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment formerly 269110,
Hertfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday, 24th June 1917 in
France & Flanders. Aged 29. Born Buckden, enlisted Bedford,
resident Great Paxton. He left a wife and young child. Buried in
Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row F. Grave
Private G/21010, 10th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
formerly 27252, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday, 27th
September 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 35. Born Graveley,
enlisted Huntingdon, resident St Neots, actually lived on Church
Lane, Gt. Paxton. No relation to Charles Bowles. Buried in Etaples
Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXVI. Row E. Grave
Private 22602, 1st Bn., Northamptonshire Regiment who died on Sunday,
14th May 1916. Aged 20. Son of James and Kate Bryan, of Great Paxton,
St. Neots, Hunts; brother of James Oswald bryan (below). Buried
in Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot
I. Row M. Grave 19.
Private G/10293, 10th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey
Regiment) formerly 22496, Northumberland Regiment. Died on service
15th October 1915. Aged 23. Born 7 or 17 Apr 1894 in Paxton, Hnuts,
resident and enlisted Ketting. Admitted to Great Paxton School 26
April 1896, left January 1908, a Monitor. Admitted to Great Paxton
School 30 September 1907, left 21 October 1907 for Elementary School.
Son of James and Kate Bryan, of Great Paxton, St. Neots, Hunts.
Brother of John O Bryan (above). Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery,
Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 8A.
Lionel Alfred Francis
1st Bn., East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 7th November
1914. Aged 29. Born at Poona, India. Son of the Rev. Alfred Granger
Cane and Mrs. Emily Annette Cane, of Great Paxton Vicarage, St.
Neots, Hunts. . Nephew of General Allenby. Proceeded to France
from Depot, Preston, Oct. 1914. Buried in Lancashire Cottage Cemetery,
Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot I. Row B. Grave 4.
is a memorial to him in the church.
from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, volume 3, page 57:
LIONEL ALFRED FRANCIS, Capt., 2nd (59th Foot), attd.
1st (30th Foot), Battn. The East Lancashire Regt., s.
of the Rev. A. G. Cane, Vicar of Great Paxton, formerly Chaplain
to the Indian Government ; b. Poona, India, 19 Dec. 1884
; educ. Haileybury ; gazetted 2nd Lieut. East Lancashire Regt.
from the Militia, 3 Dec. 1904 ; promoted Lieut. 11 Nov. 1906,
and Capt. 14 May, 1913 ; was Adjutant of his Battn. at the Cape,
South Africa, from 23 Dec. 1910, to 22 Dec. 1913, after which
he returned home on leave, and was subsequently posted to the
depot at Preston. On the declaration of war in Aug. 1914, he applied
to join the 1st Battu. of his regiment, which was granted ; served
with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from the end
of Sept. 1914, and was killed in action 7 Nov. following, while
in charge of two companies.
from Bond Of Sacrifice: Officers Died In The Great War 1914-1916,
volume 1, page 67:
LIONEL ALFRED FRANCIS CANE, 1st BATTN. EAST LANCASHIRE REGIMENT,
son of the Reverend A. G. Cane, Vicar of Great Paxton, formerly
Chaplain to the Indian Government, and Mrs. Cane, was born at
Poona on the 19th December, 1884. He was first cousin to Lieutenant-General
Sir E. Allenby, K.C.B. Captain Cane was educated at Haileybury,
and joined the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire
Regiment) in February, 1903, being transferred to the 2nd Battalion
East Lancashire Regiment in December, 1904. From 1910 to 1913,
when he was promoted Captain, he was Adjutant of his battalion
at the Cape, South Africa. On the expiration of his Adjutancy
he returned to England on leave and was, almost at once, posted
to the Depot at Preston. While serving there the war broke out,
and he applied to join the 1st Battalion in the field.
He was ordered
to the front at the end of September. When Major Green was wounded,
Captain Cane took charge of his two Companies, " C "
and "D," and was in command of them when he fell, on
the 7th November, 1914, while leading them to attack a trench,
which was captured just after he was killed.
Cane won the Hunt Point-to-Point and the Regimental Steeplechase
at Wynberg, South Africa, in 1914, riding his own horse.
46th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action Monday,
25th March 1918. Aged 25. Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Cardell, of
"Petherwin," Great Paxton, St. Neots, Hunts. Awarded
the Military Cross (M.C.). Mentioned in dispatches three times.
No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.
Panel 7 to 10.
from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, volume 5,
EDMUND POWNE, M.C., Major, 14th Light Division, Royal
Field Artillery, yet. s. of Edmund Harvey CardeII, of
Great Paxton, St. Neot's, co. Huntingdon, Farmer, by his wife,
Elizabeth, dau. of F. P. Nickell ; b. Launceston, co.
Cornwall, 4 May, 1802 ; educ. East Anglian School, Bury St. Edmund's,
and Nottingham University ; ho took the degree of B.Sc. of the
London University (Engineering), and was on the staff of the British
Reinforced Concrete Company ; gazetted 2nd Lieut. R.F.A. in Sept.
1914 ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders
from May, 1915, and was killed in action near Passchendaele 21
March, 1918. His Colonel wrote : " He was as brave as a lion,
and his character was most exemplary. There was not an officer
or man in the battery who did not love him." He was three
times mentioned in Despatches [London Gazettes, 15 June, 1916,
4 Jan. and 14 Dec. 1917] by F.M. Sir Douglas Haig, and was awarded
the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service In the
field ; unm.
Pioneer 322174, 29th Division Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died
on service Saturday, 13th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged
23. Born Tottenham, Middlesex, enlisted Luton, Beds. Son of Mrs.
H. Creamer, of Great Paxton, St. Neots, Hunts. Employed as a Machineman
in the Locomotive and Carriage Department, Swindon No known grave.
Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut,
Belgium. Panel 1.
Private 20856, 1st/8th Teritorial Battalion, Royal Warwickshire
Regiment formerly 1414, Hunts Cyclist Battalion. Killed in action
Sunday, 27th August 1916 in the Battle of the Somme, France. Aged
17. Enlisted Huntingdon, resident Great Paxton Paxton with his grandparents.
Brother of Mr. H. Lunniss, of The Leeds Arms, Eltisley, St. Neots,
Hunts.No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme,
France. Pier and Face 9 A 9 B and 10 B
Private 6206, 2nd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers),
London Regiment. Died 7th August 1916, aged 28, in a railway accident
near Salisbury, Wiltshire. Resident and enlisted Chelsea. Son of
Mr. and Mrs. W. Norman, of Great Paxton, Hunts. Lived on Bullens
Farm, just outside Great Paxton. Buried in Barford St Martin Cemetery,
Private 267550, 1st Buckinghamshire Battalion, Oxford and Bucks
Light Infantry. Killed in action on the 15th August 1916 near Pozieres,
in the Battle of the Somme. Lived in College Lane, Great Paxton.
No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France. Pier
and Face 10 A and 10 D.
Lance Corporal 2209, 1st/4th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment.
50th Northumbrian Division. Killed in action 2nd May 1915. Aged
24. Born Battle Bridge, Middx., resident Lisbury, Wilts, enlisted
Hull. Went to school in Great Paxton. No known grave. Commemorated
on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Panel 21 and 31.
Radio Officer, M.V. Cordelia (Liverpool), Merchant Navy who died
at sea on Wednesday, 3rd February 1943. Aged 21. Son of Mr. and
Mrs. Willis A. Hodson, of St. Neots, Huntingdonshire. No known
grave. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel
from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index
Michael Scott of Trees Paxton Hill St. Neots Huntingdonshire
died 3 February 1943 at sea Administration Llandudno
29 September to Willis Annie Hodson widow.
Effects £517 15s. 3d.
Pilot Officer, 80818, 603 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died on Friday, 27th September 1940 during the Battle of Britain.
Aged 23. Lived at Manor Farm,Great Paxton. Nephew of Edmund Cardell.
Buried in Holy Trinity Graveyard, Great Paxton.
Private, 14659992, 1st Bn., Northamptonshire Regiment who killed
in action in Burma on Monday, 8th January 1945. Aged 19. Born and
resident Huntingdonshire. Buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar.
Plot 25. Row A. Grave 19.
24 May, 2020