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Currently we have a huge backlog of around 3,500 emails containing memorials to put on-line and edits to existing memorials. This is a voluntarily run website and we are currently inundated due to the start of the centenary events marking the start of World War 1. Although we do try to reply to emails the volume is such that we cannot guarantee a response, sorry but there is a huge amount of emails coming in and it is just not possible.

World War 1 & 2 - Cambridgeshire Selection

Pre-1914 - Memorial Selection

Read about Fulbourn's Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) Hospital

Read about First Eastern General Hospital No. 1, Cambridge

Read about Frank Herbert Maltby in the First World War
Photographs from various periods of the local memorials for Cambridgeshire can be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network website.

Please Note: Every attempt has been made to transcribe this information accurately but there are occasions that the information supplied is incorrect or errors occur during transcription. We do not wish to cause offence to any families of the men detailed here and will change the relevant information when informed.

Also note that places detailed on these memorials may appear in the wrong county. This information has been transcribed from the records given and, as the men were parochial, the information supplied at enlistment was the view of the men and the county they thought they resided in.

There is a separate external website devoted to Peterborough's memorials

Throughout Cambridgeshire there are various memorials and rolls of honour dedicated to those men and women who fell in various wars. These memorials and rolls cover many centuries in some cases, most World War One and Two.

During any conflict there are certain acts of bravery or defiance that are noticeable above others. For these acts citations and medals have been awarded. There is a list of some of the Cambridgeshire people who have carried out such acts and the award or citation given.

Cambridgeshire was heavily covered, in the Second World War, with airfields. A map showing the location of the airfields is on-line with further RAF details

Cambridgeshire is home to the one bruial area in the United Kingdom for American Service men who died in World War 2; the Cambridge American Cemetery at Madingley.

If anybody has information for those of the Second World War, Boer War, or the like similar to those supplied for the First World War then I would gladly post these as well.

Men from all over the county are remembered by village/town
on the War Memorial in Ely Cathedral

These pages are available for transcripts of these memorials and rolls of honour. If you have a transcription of, or you are willing to transcribe, a Cambridgeshire memorial or roll of honour for these pages then please contact me, the email address is below.

Current acknowledgements for assistance with these pages must go to Cliff Brown, Phil Curme, Dave Edwards, Lynda Smith, Joanne Robb, Ann McClean, Marlene Williamson and Fiona Davis - thank you all.

Thank you

Martin Edwards
Webmaster - Roll of Honour

Mike Petty has made available part of his index to stories carried by the Ely Standard during the Great War which is available in .pdf format here

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Kitchener PosterThe Suffolk Regiment during World War 1 contained many men from Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. A FAQ covering the 11th Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment and a detailed piece about the Battalion's ill conceived attack on the Roeux Chemical Works during the Arras offensive in April 1917, the latter includes a map supplement, can be found on Phil Curme's website.


6th Platoon, 1st Cambridgeshire Regiment in France
Extract (above and below) from Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 11 February 1916

5th Platoon, 1st Cambridgeshire Regiment in France

There is a separate page that lists all towns and parishes in the county with links to relevant memorials. Many of the portrait photographs of the fallen are taken from the Cambridge Independent Press and other local newspapers.

World War 1 & 2 Cambridgeshire
Abington Pigotts | Arrington & Wimpole | Ashley-cum-Silverley | Babraham | Balsham | Barrington | Bartlow | Barton | Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth | Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth WW2 RAF | Benwick | Bottisham Holy Trinity | Bourn | Boxworth | Brinkley | Burrough Green | Burwell | Caldecote | Cambridge All Saints ! Cambridge Christ Church | Cambridge City Crematorium | Cambridge "Coming Home" | Cambridge County High School 1914-1918 | Cambridge Emmanuel United Reformed Church | Cambridge Gas Company | Cambridge Guildhall | Cambridge Holy Sepulchre | Cambridge Holy Trinity | Cambridge Leys School | Cambridge, Matthew & Son Ltd | Cambridge Our Lady and the English Martyrs (Roman Catholic) | Cambridge Perse School | Cambridge Post Office | Cambridge Romsey Labour Club WW2 | Cambridge Romsey Methodist Church | Cambridge Shire Hall | Cambridge St Andrew the Great | Cambridge St Barnabas | Cambridge St Benets (Benedicts) | Cambridge St Botolph | Cambridge, St. Faith's School | Cambridge St Giles | Cambridge St John's | Cambridge St Luke's | Cambridge St Marks | Cambridge St Mary the Great | Cambridge St Mary the Less | Cambridge St Matthews | Cambridge St Pauls | Cambridge St Philips | Cambridge University, Emmanuel College | Cambridge University, Corpus Christi College | Cambridge University, Downing College | Cambridge University, Gonville & Caius College | Cambridge University, Peterhouse WW2 | | Cambridge University, Magdalene College WW1 | Cambridge University Press | Cambridge University Press & College Servants | Cambridge University St Catharine's College | Cambridge University St Catharine's College Sherlock Library WW2 | Cambridge University Sidney Sussex WW1 | Cambridge University Trinity College WW1 | Cambridge University Trinity College WW2 | Cambridge Wesleyan Methodist, Hills Road | Cambridge Wesleyan Methodist, Short Street | Carlton | Castle Camps | Caxton | Chainbridge | Chatteris | Chesterton | Chesterton, Arbury Church | Cherry Hinton | Cheveley | Childerley | Chippenham | Christchurch | Coates | Coldham | Comberton | Conington | Coton | Cottenham | Coveney | Croxton | Croydon | Doddington | Doddington School | Dry Drayton | Dullingham | Duxford | Eastrea | Eltisley | Elm | Elsworth | Ely WW1 | Ely WW2 | Ely Cemetery | Ely, Holy Trinity | Ely, Chettisham | Ely, King's School 1914-1918 | Ely Methodist | Ely, Prickwillow | Ely, Queen Adelaide | Ely, Stuntney | Eversden Great & Little | Fen Ditton | Fen Drayton | Fordham | Foulanchor | Fowlmere | Foxton | Foxton University Tutorial Press | Friday Bridge | Fulbourn | Fulbourn St Vigor | Fulbourn United Reformed | Gamlingay | Gamlingay Heath and Tetworth | Girton | Gorefield | Grantchester | Grantchester, Men Who Served WW1 | Graveley | Great Abington | Great Abington Roll of Honour | Great Shelford | Great Shelford St Mary | Great Shelford Village Hall | Great Wilbraham Church | Great Wilbraham Memorial Hall | GuildenMorden | Guyhirn & Ring's End | Haddenham | Hardwick | Harlton | Harlton St Mary | Harston | Haslingfield | Hatley East & St George | Hauxton | Hildersham | Hinxton | Histon and Impington | Histon Methodist | Horningsea | Horseheath | Ickleton | Impington St Andrew | Isleham | Kingston | Kennett | Kirtling | Knapwell | Landbeach | Landwade | Leverington | Linton | Linton St Mary | Litlington | Little Abington | Little Downham | Little Gransden | Little Shelford Wale Family | Little Shelford All Saints | Little Shelford Congregational | Little Ouse | Little Thetford | Little Wilbraham | Littleport | Littleport St Matthew's | Lode | Lolworth | Longstanton | Longstowe | Madingley St Mary Magdelene | Madingley WWII American Cemetery | Manea | Manea, Primitive Methodist | March | March Isle of Ely County Council | March Grammar School | Melbourn | Melbourn All Saints | Meldreth | Meldreth Holy Trinity | Mepal | Milton | Murrow | Newton Cambridge | Newton-in-the-Isle | Oakington St Andrew | Orwell St Andrew | Outwell | Over | Over St Mary | Pampisford St John the Baptist | Papworth Everard | Papworth St Agnes | Parson Drove | Pondersbridge | Rampton | Reach | Redmere (Littleport) | Sawston | Sawston St Mary | Sawston Village College | Saxon Street | Shepreth | Shudy Camps | Silverley | Six Mile Bottom | Snailwell | Soham | Soham Grammar School | Stapleford | Steeple Morden | Steeple Morden Airfield | Stetchworth | Stow-cum-Quy | Stretham | Sutton | Swaffham Bulbeck | Swaffham Fen Methodist | Swaffham Prior Church Window Memorial | Swaffham Prior St Mary | Swaffham Prior Zion Church | Swavesey Memorial Hall | Swavesey St Andrew | Tadlow | Teversham | Thorney | Thriplow | Toft | Trumpington | Turves | Tydd St Giles | Upwell | Upwell St Peter's Church | Waterbeach | Waterbeach St John | Wendy-cum-Shingay | Wenworth | West Wickham | West Wrattingl | Westley Waterless | Weston Colville | Whaddon | Whittlesey | Whittlesford | Wicken | Willingham | Wilburton | Wimblington | Wimpole & Arrington | Wisbech 1914-1919 | Wisbech 1939-1945 | Wisbech Grammar School | Wisbech, IoE Constabulary | Wisbech Old Bartonians | Wisbech, Post Office | Wisbech, Queens School | Wisbech St Augustine | Wisbech St Mary (Village) | Wisbech SS Peter and Paul - Singapore Club| Witcham | Witchford | Woodditton | Wratting Common RAF

Other Cambridgeshire Men and Women

Cambridge Bombing 18-19 June 1940
Cambridgeshirel Boer War Memorial | Ely Cathedral Boer War Memorial | Graveley - Major Henry Waller | Madingley St Mary Magdelene 19th Century | March St Wendreda's Doddington Yeomanry | Papworth Everard - Capt. Edmund Williams 1877 | Wimblington - Captain Hill 1900

For those of you with an interest in the World War 1 there is The British Army in the Great War, World War 1 - Trenches on the Web, the Regimental Warpath and the Cambridgeshire branch of the Western Front Association. Cliff Brown, Dave Edwards and Phil Cume have generously added detail to the names recorded for many of these memorials giving details of those who died. These names are all taken from the main local war memorial (i.e. the town or village memorial). Some extra names are added on the end when they crop up elsewhere in the town/village, such as someone buried in the cemetery.

For further reading when researching World War 1 relatives then there is a book published by the Federation of Family History Societies for family Historians entitled "World War I Army Ancestry - Third Edition" by Norman Holding ISBN 1 86006 056 2.

Soldiers outside Bartlow Post Office during World War 1.

Extract from the Wisbech Standard 1917:


We are waiting, surely waiting,
For that glorious day to come
When our boys receive the orders
"Shoulder rifles, march for Home!”
Gone for aye the hours of anguish,
Gone for aye those nights of pain,
Father, brother, son, or lover,
Safe in England once again!

Lift your heads then! Tune your voices!
Make the hills and dales to ring!
Can't you hear the tramp of thousands
As they chant the victor's hymn?

There are lads in khaki dying
Who have nobly played Their part,
There are eyes with tears a' falling
On the grave of some brave heart ;
There are records bright and glorious,
Writ in words of flaming fire,
Which, throughout the endless ages,
Often heard shall never tire.


Ely, Feb. 16th, 1917.

War Memorials Trust

The War Memorial Trust is a charity dedicated to promoting awareness of the debt we owe to those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom, by ensuring that their memorials are properly maintained and preserved.

The Maple Leaf Legacy Project

A Millennium Project in Remembrance of Canada's War Dead

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Troops in Wisbech World War One
picture courtesy of Joanne Hughes


This section contains various news reports and cuttings, old and new, with reference to the memorials in and around Cambridgeshire. To view the section please click here.

Cambridgeshire POW/Internment Camps

  • Camp No. 26: Barton Field, Ely
  • Camp No. 45: Trumpington
  • Camp No. 90: Fridge Bridge, Wisbech
  • Camp No. 130: West Fen Militia, Ely
  • Camp No. 180: Trumpington
  • Camp No. 1025: Milton Road, Histon

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Cambridgeshire Regiment 1914-1918

Much information about soldiers who fell, were awarded medals and more is to be found in old copies of the London Gazette. Here is a brief resume:

The London Gazette, first published in 1665, is the oldest, continuously published newspaper in the United Kingdom and probably the world. The London Gazette and its sister publications, the Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes, have a unique position in British publishing. They are official newspapers of the Crown. The London Gazette contains a wide range of office notices including State, Parliamentary and Ecclesiastical notices, Transport and Planning notices as well as Corporate and Personal Insolvency notices to name a few. In addition, a number of Supplements are published covering Honours and Awards, Premium Bonds, Armed Forces Promotions and Re-gradings, Companies' information, etc. and a Quarterly Index.

In the 17th century, it was believed that National efficiency depended on the intelligence received by the Crown and that the reckless publishing of news might endanger it. An embargo on the printing of news other than reports of events abroad, natural disasters, Royal declarations and sensational crime continued until 1640. This had the effect of delaying the development of the press in the UK. Censorship was introduced in 1643, followed by licensing of news publications. The Gazette came about because of two momentous events: the Great Plague and the decision of King Charles II to remove his court - effectively the government of the time - to Oxford. The London Gazette started life as the Oxford Gazette and after a few months changed to its current title.

The various memorials and cemeteries maintained by the War Graves Commission for the Western Front are described and pictured on the Internet. Details of Kranji War Cemetery can be found on MyFarEast website.

To gain an overview of all the towns and parishes covered, and hopefully to be covered, by this site there is an alphabetical index.

Some of the cap badges are laid out, on a separate page.

Not all memorials were to people; there are memorials to various types of animal that served and fell in World War I for example, dogs.

Some military memorials cover the period from World War 2 to present these include Bassingbourn.


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