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ANO DNI 1914-1918


Private, 43085, 1st/1st Bn., Hertfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on Thursday 14th November 1918. Age 24. Born Oakington, Cambs, enlisted Huntingdon, resident Wyton. Son of Ruth Carrier, of Wyton, nr. Huntingdon. Formerly 1323, Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Grave V. C. 33.

John Leslie GREEN, V.C.

Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps attached 5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regt.) who was killed in action on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Age 26. Born at Buckden, Hunts. Son of John George and Florence May Green, of St. Mark's Lodge, Cambridge. Educated at Felsted School and Downing College, Cambridge, and Bartholomew's Hospital. Buried in Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave III. D. 15.

An extract from the London Gazette, No. 29695, dated 4th Aug., 1916, records the following:- "For most conspicuous devotion to duty. Although himself wounded, he went to the assistance of an officer who had been wounded and was hung up on the enemy's wire entanglements, and succeeded in dragging him to a shell hole, where he dressed his wounds, notwithstanding that bombs and rifle grenades were thrown at him the whole time. Captain Green then endeavoured to bring the wounded officer into safe cover, and had nearly succeeded in doing so when he himself was killed."

See the Chapter One, Victoria Cross Reference site maintained by Mike Chapman. Also see Foncquevillers Military Cemetery and Hellfire Corner - The Nine VCs of the First Day on the Somme

From Huntingdonshire Heroes of the First World War by John Bell ISBN 0 946965 21 8. Letter to Mrs. Green Leslie's wife from the Commanding Officer.

139th Brigade.
August 1916.

Dear Mrs.Green,

I have seen the letter you wrote to the officer Commanding 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, asking for news of your husband.

I am deeply grieved to tell you that I am afraid there is no doubt your husband was killed on the 1st of July, and I would like you to know how much I feel for you in your sorrow, but at the same time I must express my intense admiration for the manner in which he met his death.

He was advancing in the rear of his battalion in their assault on the German trenches.

On reaching the German wire he found an officer lying seriously wounded. He moved him under fire, into a shell hole, and dressed the wound under continuous fire and bombing from the German trenches.

He then carried him back towards our lines, still under fire, though wounded himself.

Just before reaching our advanced trench his brother officer was hit again. His brother officer was brought into our trench, and then told a relation of his story.

I regret to say that this officer since died of his wounds in hospital.

I am sure this account of your gallant husband's death will bring comfort to you in your deep sorrow, and make you feel proud of having been the wife of such a man.

Yours sincerely,

General Commanding.

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Alexis Cowper HONEY

Second Lieutenant, 5th Bn. attached to 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment who died of wounds on Sunday 10th February 1918. Age 19. Son of Mrs. A. L. Honey, of Houghton, Huntingdon, Hunts, and the late Rev. Albert Alexis Honey. Native of Huntingdon. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave XXVIII. E. 9.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 2, Part 4, Page 86 - HONEY, Alec Cowper - 2nd Lieut, 4th Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment

Only son of the late Rev. Albert Alexis Honey, by his wife, Amy Logan (Houghton, co. Huntingdon), dau. of the late T.A. Marsh; born Huntingdon, 18th July, 1898; educated St. Wilfreds, Little Common, Bexhill, and Malvern College; joined the Public Schools O.T.C. in April 1917; gazetted 2nd Lieut. to the Worcestershire Regiment 28th Aug. following; served with The Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from Oct 1917, and died at No 20, General Hospital, at Camiers, France, 10th Feb, 1918, from wounds received in action at Cambrai 30th Nov, 1917. Buried in the Cemetery, Etaples. 2nd Lieut Honey at school attained a high standard in work and in games; head of his house and of the school; in the first elevens for cricket and football, and senior cadet officer in the school corps, and gave promise of a successful career at Oxford, where his name was entered for Brasenose College. Unm.

[Listed as I LAVENDER on memorial] Private 27587, 2nd Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Friday 22nd March 1918. Born and resident Houghton, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 28 and 29
possibly Bernard Henry Leigh, Lieutenant, 9th Bn. Royal Berks Regt. attd., Labour Corps killed in action on Saturday 18th August 1917. Age 30. Son of George H. and Mary Leigh, of Moorfield, Swinton, Lancs.; husband of Ethel May Murray (formerly Leigh), of Buckden, Huntingdon. Buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave III. G. 2.
[George] Montague MATTEN
Private G/67288, 3rd Bn, London Regt (Royal Fusiliers) who died of wounds on Friday 26th April 1918. Age 19. Born Houghton, enlisted Huntingdon. Son of William and Annie Matten, of Houghton, Huntingdon. Formerly TR/9/9942, 27th Training Reserve Battalion. Buried in Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-Sur-Somme, Somme, France. Grave I. B. 15.
possibly Ian Bouverie Maxwell, Captain, 3rd Bn. attd. 1st Bn., South Wales Borderers killed in action on Saturday 31st October 1914. Age 24. Son of the late Comdr. Everard Maxwell, R.N., and of Ethel Mary Maxwell, of 214, Ashley Gardens. Westminster, London. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 22.
Maurice MISSON
[Spelt MISSEN on SDGW] Private G/65681, 10th Bn., Royal Fusiliers killed in action on Friday 28th September 1917. Age 19. Son of Mrs. B. W. Misson, of Bank End House, Wyton, Huntingdon. Born Haddenham, Cambs, enlisted and resident Cambridge. Formerly 15240, Royal West kent Regiment. Buried in Reservoir Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave VI. H. 48.
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Herbert Frederick WALKER
Private 40000, 9th Machine Gun Sqdn. 1st Cav. Div., Machine Gun Corps who died of wounds on Sunday 1st December 1918. Born Houghton, enlisted Godmanchester, resident Houghton Hill, Hunts. Formerly 1171, 1/1st Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave LI. E. 17.
John Henry WARREN
Private, 43087, 1st Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Monday 16th April 1917. Born and resident Houghton, enlisted Huntingdon. Formerly 1328, Huntingdonshire Cyclist battalion. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Addenda Panel.


George Christopher BURDER, M.C.
Lieutenant 289111, 1st Bn., Rifle Brigade who died on Tuesday 17th April 1945. Age 21. Awarded the Military Cross. Son of The Revd. Claud Vernon Burder, M.C., M.A., and Mary Gabrielle Fielding Burder, of Wyton Rectory, Huntingdonshire. Buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany. Grave 15. D. 1.


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Percy Frederick CARRIER
Private 5832945, 4th Bn., Suffolk Regiment who died on Sunday 8th August 1943. Age 28. Son of William Carrier, and of Ruth Carrier, of Houghton, Huntingdonshire. Buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Grave 4. A. 11.
Leslie Jack CURSLEY
Pilot Officer 51291, 76 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on Tuesday 30th March 1943. Age 23. Son of Thomas William and Ethel Maud Cursley; husband of Kathleen Dorothy Cursley, of Crouch End, Middlesex. Commemorated on the RAF Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 131.

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Peter Timson EVANS
Private 295963, 12th (10th Bn. The Green Howards [Yorkshire Regt.]) Bn., Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. who died on Tuesday 22nd August 1944. Age 23. Son of John and Lilian Evans; husband of Rosa Louise Evans, of Huntingdon. Buried in Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Grave VA. N. 2.
Edward Siddens GRIPPER
Captain 66512, 4th Bn., Royal Norfolk Regiment who died on Wednesday 11th February 1942. Age 27. Son of Joseph Edward and Fanny Gripper, of Houghton, Huntingdonshire. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 47.
William George ROGERS
Flight Sergeant 521372, Pilot, 78 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on Monday 25th August 1941. Age 25. Son of Harold Herbert Rogers, and of Winifred Rogers, of Houghton, Huntingdonshire. Buried in Wavre Communal Cemetery, Wavre, Brabant wallon, Belgium. Row A. Grave 4.
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15 June 2004

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