News was received on Tuesday of the death in action on the 23rd
inst. of Sec. Lieut. Hector Fussell Billinger, the only son
of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Billinger, of 44. St. Barnabas-road. Cambridge.
He was educated at the Cambridge County School and at St. John’s
College, and took second class honours in the History Tripos
Examination in 1914. He had just received an appointment as
history master at the Royal Masonic School, Bushey, when war
broke out. He immediately applied for a commission, having been
a member of the Officers’ Training Corps during his school
and college career. He was gazetted in October, 1914. to the
10th Battalion E. Lancs. Regiment. He went out to France in
February 1916, and had been acting adjutant ever since March.
Mr and Mrs. Cowling, of 68, Panton-street, Cambridge, have received
official information that their son, Signalling-Instructor Cyril
Frank Cowling, Civil Service Rifles (London Regt.) was killed
in action on September 15th The first intimation was received
from three of his friends of the same section, one of them,
Rifleman Cyril Barsham, being with him when he died. They were
in a newly-captured German trench, and were sending messages
to the rear, when Instructor Cowling was hit by shrapnel in
the neck, which severed the artery and caused his death. Instructor
C. F. Cowling, before joining up, was on the staff of the P.O.
Engineering Office, Hills-road. He was a fine young man, with
a promising career before him, and, as evidenced by the many
letters of sympathy that have been received by his parents from
all parts, was loved and respected by all who knew him. At the
outbreak of the war he asked to be released from his duties
in order to join the Army, but that being already a Civil Servant,
it was not until June, 1915, that permission was given. He and
others of his colleagues then enlisted straight away. They had
been preparing themselves to serve as signallers, and composed
themselves a Signalling Section of Cambridge men in the London
Rifles. It was while at Chelsea Barracks in special training
that Rifleman Cowling qualified as a signalling-instructor.
His regiment was stationed at Winchester, and on his return
he discovered his friends had been drafted out in France and
he at once asked that his name might be added to the next draft
to be sent out, sacrificing his position as lance-corporal and
other provisions in order to be with his friends. They soon
met again, and he became instructor as before. lnstructor Cowling
was a native of Sawston, and was educated first at the Council
school, afterwards at the County School, Cambridge. He prepared
for the Civil Service, and in due time entered it, serving respectively
London, Birmingham and Cambridge. Mr. and Mrs. Cowling have
received many letters from the deceased’s friend, expressing
their sympathy and paying high tributes to his good qualities.
Rifleman Barsham wrote: “I have lost in Cyril the best
pal a fellow could have, and miss him more than I should like
to say. He was a splendid fellow, and the most popular in the
Section. All the fellows wish me to tell you so. He died a hero’s
death, also a Christian.” Rifleman Rayner, who has since
died of wounds wrote: "He was like a brother to me, as
you know, and if it is God’s will that I should some day
go as well, I pray that it may be as bravely and calmly as your
dear son." Rifleman H. Rice (once seriously wounded) said
in a letter: “We with whom he had been associated so long
greatly feel the loss, and on behalf of his many friends I extend
to you both our very deep sympathy." Sapper R. P. Patterson
says I can truly say that Cyril was the best pal that I have
ever had, or ever hope to have.” Chaplain J. F. Alfred
Baker states; "His chums speak most highly and affectionately
of his straight, manly, and lovable disposition."
Mr. F. Jones, of 9, Eden-street, Cambridge, has received official
information that his son, Pte. F. C. Jones, was killed in action
Oct. 17th. He met his death whilst assisting to beat off an
attack on a line of trenches which had been captured from the
enemy. "He was a good soldier," writes his officer,
“and did his duties cheerfully and well.” Pte. Jones
was a porter in the employ of Messrs. R. Sayle and Co. and enlisted
some two years ago in the Cambridgeshires being subsequently
transferred to the Royal Sussex Regiment. He was well known
in Cambridge, Newmarket and Peterborough as a singer.
Mrs. Gladwell, of 41, Lucy-road, Cambridge, has received official
intimation that her husband, Pte. W. T. Gladwell, of the Cambridgeshire
Regt., was killed in action on October 31st. A letter from the
officer of the Company states: “He was struck in the head
by a piece of shrapnel and died immediately. He was attended
to at once by a doctor who was just near him, but states that
his death was instantaneous. I am afraid that no Ietter of mine
can offer you consolation in your great loss, but please accept
my sincere sympathy with you and your family. He was a soldier
in a thousand and a very faithful servant to me, and as you
know. I had a verv high opinion of him. . . He will be buried
to-morrow morning in a cemetery just near here, a few graves
away from my great friend, Lieutenant Bradford.” Pte.
Fred Atkin, of the Herts. Regt., a friend of Pte. Gladwell,
says in a letter: "Dear Mrs. Gladwell, I wish you to accept
the joint sympathy of all the men attached to the headquarters,
together with my own, in the recent death of your husband, Bill.
That he was popular with all goes without saying, it would not
be otherwise and though his death is a keen pe..al to…
to each of us, I expect ………… in our
work. He had a fitting funeral as could be … and was spared
suffering of pain, which will afford you some comfort to know,
as it did us. In this time of great trial to you as to many
like you. We kindly hope you will meet with the strength and
bravery of a good British woman, and God will bless you and
the little ones for enduring much for His sake. We know and
feel you will … this trial bravely, it is just what Bill
would himself wish you to do." Pte. Gladwell, who was 29
years of age, was in the Territorial Force when war broke out,
and went out with the first detachment. He had been twice wounded.
Before the War he was employed for about eight years at the
Saxon Cement Works.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Coulson of 10, Godesdone-road, have had news
of the death of their son, Pte. Arthur Coulson, of the Cambridgeshire
Regiment, which occurred on November 13th. The news is contained
in a letter from Pte. H. Cash, also of the Cambs. Regiment,
who signs himself as "your son's chum.’’ The
letter states: “He met his death in the most gallant manner.
We were attacking from a strong position and Arthur was in charge
of his position. He went in front his men to see who was raiding
the trench in front of him, when the Huns opened rapid rifle
fire on him, and hit him about eight times. Despite his wounds
he managed to get back, and so saved his comrades' . . . . .
. . your Arthur was very popular with all his comrades: he was
a very efficient soldier and the best chum one could have. All
his comrades join with me in expressing our sympathy with you
in your great loss.” The soldier who met his death in
this “most gallant manner’’ was only 18 years
of age. He enlisted before he was 17 and had been at the front
for 11 months. Before joining up he worked with Mr. Pauley,
in Bridge-street, as a painter. Mr. and Mrs. Coulson have one
other son who is also in the Army. He has been wounded once,
and is now in India.
Notice has been received of the death of the only son of Mr.
and Mrs. Munns, of 68, Victoria-road. Chesterton who died of
fever at Salonica. He was formerly on the clerical staff of
the 1st Eastern Hospital, but was drafted out to the 41st General
Hospital, Salonica, last July. He was borne to his last resting-place
at Lembet Cemetery, the “Last Post” was sounded,
and three volleys were fired. Amongst the Greek wreaths sent
were some from the officers, N.C.O.'s and men of the 41st General
Hospital, one from the 1st G.E.N. N.C.O.’s and men from
his unit, and one English wreath from the nurses.
Mr. S. Stevens, of 16, French’s-road, has received news
that his brother, Lance-Corpl. George Stevens, No. 11815. Queen’s
R.W. Surreys, died of wounds received in action on the 3rd of
November. Lance-Corpl. Stevens, before joining the colours,
was employed at Christ’s College, and was formerly on
the Emmanuel College kitchen staff for 15 years.
It was reported to the Borough Education Committee on Tuesday
that Miss L. M. Boucher, sister of Mr. Alec Boucher, formerly
an assistant master at East-road School, has received a telegram
from the War Office stating that her brother was killed in action
on November 18th.
Mrs. Endersby, of 80, Hertford-street, Cambridge, has received
notification from the War Office that her son, Arthur W. Endersby,
has been missing since October I2th. He is 26 years of age and
joined up May 31st, 1915, in the Suffolk Regiment. He is an
only child, and his father, who was a prominent member and official
of the Sturton-street Primitive Methodist Church, died in 1909.
The son was actively connected with the church. Efforts are
being made to secure more definite information. Much sympathy
is felt for his widowed mother.
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Struggles, 18, Sidney-street, have received
official information that their son, Pte. Leonard C. Struggles,
Cambridgeshire Regiment, has been wounded and has been admitted
to the 1st Southern General Hospital, Egbaston, Birmingham.
He went out with the Cambridgeshire Regiment in February, 1915.
Mrs. Newman, of 14, Mawson-road, has received official intimation
that her second son, Pte. C. B. Newman, of the Cambs. Regt.,
was wounded in the arm by a gunshot on Nov. 10th, and was lying
in hospital at Bury St. Edmunds. She has since visited him and
found him getting well towards recovery, Pte. Newman, who is
28 years of age, joined up in February last, and went to the
front in July. He was formerly employed by Mr. H. Rooke, builder
and decorator, King-street..
Pte George Harry Clarke, Cambs. Regt., is lying in a base hospital
suffering from a shell wounded received on Nov. 15th. Pte. Clarke,
who enlisted in August, 1914, has been serving abroad since
February, 1915. He was wounded on Sept. 3rd, and had just returned
to his regiment when he was wounded again. He is the eldest
son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarke, of 37. Catherine-street, and before
the war was employed by Whitmore’s, wine merchants. Downing-street.
Mr. and Mrs. Littlechild, of 9, Shelley-terrace, Shelley-row,
Cambridge, have received news that their son, Pte. T. Littlechild,
of the Duke of Wellington's, has been wounded in the right hand,
and is now in hospital in Edmonton, where he is doing well.
Pte. Littlechild joined up in the same month that war broke
out, and has been in France for a year and nine months.
Mr. and Mrs. Deane, of 101, Cavendish-road, Cambridge, have
received news that their son, Pte. F. H. Deane, of the Suffolk
Regiment, was admitted to a hospital in France on November 14th,
suffering from a gunshot wound in the right shoulder. Pte. Deane,
who was formerly employed at the Co-operative Stores, Victoria-road,
joined up last January, and went out to the front in August.
The late Pte. Charles Seeby, whose death was reported last week,
was a native of Trumpington. He joined the Suffolks on September
14th, 1915. Went to the front in August, 1916, and then transferred
into the Hampshire Regiment. He was killed instantaneously on
October 20th. Mrs. Seeby has received the following Ietter from
his Lieutenant: — “l am deeply grieved to have to
tell you of the death of your husband. He was in my platoon,
and we are very sorry to lose him. He was always chcerlul and
keen. He was killed by shrapnel and suffered no pain. We did
all we could for him. I am sorry to say I could not get his
personal belongings but it was in an attack, and we could do
Pte. Alfred Clark has been severely wounded. He has been sent
to England, and is now in hospital at Frodsham, Cheshire, where
he is slowly recovering.
Police Sergeant Gilbey has received letter of sympathy from
the King referring to the death in France of Pte. Cecil Gilbey,
killed in action October 29th. Lieut. Walker, a company officer,
writing of this sad occurrence, says: “He was cheerful
and willing in any work that fell to him, and met his death
in the noblest cause, that of his country.”
Mrs. A J. Plumb, of Mill End, Cherryhinton, has received official
intimation that her husband. A. J. Plumb, who was recently transferred
from the Cambridgeshires to the Norfolks, has been missing since
October 15th. Before the war Pte. Plumb was in the employ of
Messrs. Rattee and Kett. He was married last April while on
News has reached the village that Pte. F. Childerley, Royal
West Kent Regiment, is reported wounded and missing. He is the
son of Mrs. Francis Childerley, of Paddock-row, and enlisted
in the Suffolk Yeomanry last March. He went to France in August,
and was transferred into the Royal West Kents. Any information
concerning him will be gratefully received by his mother. The
last letter received from him was dated August 25th.
Mrs. Manders, of Great Wilbraham, has heard that her eldest
son, Pte. Jack Manders, of the King’s Own Royal Yorkshire
Regiment, is severely wounded in the elbow, wrist, and arm,
and is now in the Military Hospital, Upper Edmonton.
Mr. and Mrs. S. Stubbings have received news that their son.
Sergt. William Stubbings, of the Suffolk Regiment, is missing.
He is believed to have been taken prisoner November I3th. Another
son, Sergt. Fred Stubbings, of the Bedfords, has been awarded
the Military Medal for bravery on the battlefield.
Mrs Alfred Eley, of Linton, has received a letter from France,
stating that her son has been wounded in the leg in a recent
battle. Lance- Corpl. A. Collins writes that the parcel sent
to Pte. Eley arrived after he had gone away to the hospital,
it was shared among his comrades.
Another Histon lad has laid down his life for his country, viz..
Pte. Stanlev Foster, of the Cambridgeshires. The news had reached
his father, Mr. William Foster, of Saffron-road, in a letter
from a friend, although as yet no official intimation has been
received from the War Office. Pte. Foster enlisted quite early
in the war, and some four months ago had a short furlough, coming
home direct from the trenches. He is the fifth member of the
local Court of the Ancient Order of Foresters to be killed in
the war. An elder brother is also serving with the colours in
News was received last week by Mr. and Mrs. J. Stubbings, of
Swaston, that their son, Lce.- Sergt. B. Stubbings, of the Cambs.
Regiment. Was wounded by shrapnel in the thigh on the 13th inst.
he is now in hospital at Birmingham, where he is progressing