World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
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memorial stands beside the road just inside the grounds of St. Andrew
parish church. It consists of a two tiered plinth with inscriptions
on the four sides of the large, upper, part and a pyramid style top
with sculptured wreaths of poppies surrounding its base. The memorial
is made from stone. It has one step with paving surrounding it enclosed
by a small, ornate, wrought iron fence. Separate vases also sit at the
base of the memorial. Although the unveiling date of the memorial has
not as yet been ascertained there are clues. The local school was cloed
on 14th April 1919 for the uneviling of the memorial although this may
conflict with the Parish Council Minutes for the 8th July 1919 that
talk about providing a meat tea for the village on 19th July 1919 when
the memorial was unveiled.
article from the Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 23 April
1920, page 5:
Ceremony Performed by
Lieut.-Col. Clayton, D.S.O.
graceful memorial to the seventeen men of Girton who made the supreme
sacrifice in the war was unveiled Wednesday, in the churchyard, by Lieut.-Col.
M. C. Clayton, D.S.O., Commanding Officer the Cambridgeshire Regiment.
Prior to the unveiling ceremony, an impressive service was held in the
Church, which was packed to overflowing. Hymn 221 (A. and M.) followed
by a shortened evening service, conducted the Rector (Rev. R. M. Linton).
The lesson was taken from Isaiah xxvi., 1—13, and read by Dr.
Cobden Haslam, after which followed the singing of hymn 457 (A. and
M.). A short but impressive address was then delivered by the Right
Rev. Bishop Price. Archdeacon of Ely, who took as his text. "Greater
love hath man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
the thanksgiving prayers, the congregation left the church in typical
April weather, and the ceremony of unveiling memorial was formally performed
Lieut.-Col. Clayton, who paid high and honourable tribute to the memory
of the gallant men who had fought and died under him. He said he had
been proud to command such men. and to call them comrades-in-arms. Col.
Clayton spoke with intense feeling, and went say that now the memorial
was finallv erected, it would not do to pat oneself complacently upon
the back in the belief that our duty to the fallen was as fully discharged
as lay within our power. It was not, and never could be discharged,
but our duty lay now towards the dependants of those gallant dead, towards
those men—soldiers indeed—the men who were broken and crippled
for life. They had a just and legitimate claim upon our sympathies and
upon ourselves, and it was our plain duty to help them to the uttermost.
the conclusion of the address, the "Last Post” was sounded
Staff-Sergt. Bugler J. J. S. Kent, a veteran of many years' service,
late of the 1st Cambs. Regiment Volunteer Training Corps. Many beautiful
wreaths were then placed upon the memorial.
memorial, which was designed by, and is the work of the well-known local
stonemason, Mr. F. Baccus, of Histon, is a slender obelisk, twelve feet
in height, of finest Portland stone, and two faces bears the 17 names
of the men to whose memory has been erected.
the front the obelisk bears the inscription: "In Grateful Memory
of Men of Girton Who Gave Their Lives in the Cause of Freedom during
the Great War, 1914-1919, whose names are inscribed hereon.”
follow the names: Horace Asplen, 11th Suffolk Regiment; C. Asplen, M.G.C.;
Noble Cranfield, Ist Canadians; Reginald Cranfield, 4th Yorks. and Lancs.
Regiment: James Cote, 2nd Suffolk Regiment; Thomas Heath, Royal Fusiliers;
Elias Hankin, 11th Suffolk Regiment; Alfred Hancock, 2nd Suffolk Regiment;
Albert Jackson, 1st Beds. Regiment; Charles Jackson, 1st Beds. Regiment;
Sidney Loweth (Sergt.), R.F.A.; Reginald Nightingale, 11th Suffolk Regiment;
Walter Nightingale, 1st Cambs.: A. H. North, Royal Engineers; Frederick
Pauley, 1st Cambridgeshire Regiment; Luke Speed, 1st Cambridgeshire
Regiment; Richard Watson, 8th Suffolk Regiment; William Wilson, 2nd
Suffolk Regiment, and Henry Nightingale, of the Grenadier Guards.
those present were Dr. Cobden Haslam, Mr. Edward Newton, Mr. Bernard
Newton, Mr. and Mrs. Searle. Mr. G. R. Brown, Mr. J. H. Garner, Mr.
and Mrs. Pond, Mr. F. Baccus, the designers of the memorial.
every sense the memorial takes the form of a united and spontaneous
tribute of honour from the entire village. Every inhabitant has subscribed
towards its cost, and despite incessant rain a representative of practically
every family in the village was present at the ceremony. The committee
responsible for the inception of the scheme was composed of 68 members,
under the presidency of Dr. Haslam, who has been the prime mover throughout.
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OF THE MEN OF GIRTON
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM
DURING THE GREAT WAR
WHOSE NAMES ARE HEREON INSCRIBED
BY THE LONG ROAD THEY TROD
WITH SO MUCH FAITH AND SUCH DEVOTED
SELF SACRIFICE AND BRAVERY
WE REACHED VICTORY AND PEACE
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE
FOR HIS FRIENDS
106029, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 25 March
1918. Born and resident Oakington, enlisted Cambridge. Worked for
Great Eastern Railway. Buried in ASSEVILLERS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY,
Somme, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 7. See also Liverpool
Street Station War Memorial and Oakington
Corporal, 21928 39th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), who
Killed in action on Tuesday, 3rd September 1918. Age 31. Enlisted
Cambridge. Husband of Elizabeth Asplen, of 18, New St., Cambridge.
1813, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Went to France 14th February
1915, 'B' Company, transferred to 118th Brigade Machine Gun Corps
in 1916, which later amalgamated to become 39th Battlion Machine
Gun Corps. Buried in MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX,
Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 32. [ASPLEN
on CWGC]. See also Cambridge
Guildhall and Cambridge
on CWGC] Private 17354, "B" Company, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment,
who was killed in action on, Saturday, 1st July 1916. Age 21. Born
Girton, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Walter Charles Asplen, of Church
Lane, Girton, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL
MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
31411, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, who died of wounds on Sunday,
28th April 1918. Age 32. Born Girton, enlisted Cambridge. Husband
of J. A. Cole, of 44, Richmond Rd., Cambridge. Native of Girton,
Cambs. Buried in LAPUGNOY MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.
Plot IX. Row D. Grave 8. See also Cambridge
427667, 13th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment), who
died on Thursday, 12th October 1916. Age 33. Born 7th January 1883
at Girton. Son of Mrs. Ann Cranfield, of High Street, Girton. Labourer
by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted and passed fit 20th September 1915
at Regina, Canada, aged 20, vision 20/20, height 5 feet 5½
inches, girth 39 inches, complexion ruddy, eyes blue, hair dark
brown; religion Church of England. Buried in HERMIES HILL BRITISH
CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row J. Grave 2. National
Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG
150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2113 - 42
46746, 1st/4th (Hallamshire - Territorial Force) Battalion, York
and Lancaster Regiment who was killed in action on Sunday, 13th
October 1918. Age 19. Born and resident Girton, enlisted Bury St.
Edmunds. Son of Charles and Ann Cranfield, of Girton, Cambridge.
Buried in YORK CEMETERY, HASPRES, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section
C. Grave 27.
64579, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who killed
in action on Wednesday, 23rd October 1918. Born
Fulbourn, enlisted Cambridge. Formerly G/29765 Middlesex Regiment.
Petty Sessional Division of Cambridge, Roll of Service, July 1915
lists him as A J Hancock, Loyal Suffolk Hussars. Buried in QUIEVY
COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave
23687, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action
on Friday, 22nd March 1918. Born Girton, enlisted Cambridge. No
known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.
67629, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment) posted to 2nd/2nd
Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment) who died on
Friday, 26th October 1917. Age 29. Husband of Emma Day (formerly
Heath), of Suffield House, Girton, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated
on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel
28 to 30 and 162 to 162A and 163A
10361, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action
on Wednesday 5th May 1915. Age 21. Born Kingston, Cambridgeshire,
enlisted Cambridge, resident Girton. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William
John Jackson, of Ladysmith Cottages, Huntingdon Rd., Girton, Cambridge.
In the 1911 Census he was the son of William John and Mary Ann Jackson,
aged 17, Farm Labourer, born Kington, resident Plough and Harrow
Cottages, Madingley Road, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated
on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Panel 31 and 33
Bedfordshire Regiment possibly
either Charles Jackson, Private 3/8605, 1st Battalion,
Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on 27th [CWGC] or 24th
[SDGW] April 1915. Aged 29. Born Bourn, enlisted Bedford, resident
Langford, Bedfordshire. Son of William and Mary Ann Jackson, of
Bourn, Cambridge; husband of Susannah Jackson, of Church Lane, Great
Paxton, St. Neots, Hunts. In the 1911 census he was a Son-in-Law,
married to Laura for 6 years, aged 28, Brewery Carman, born 1883
in Cambridgeshire, resident Inn Street, Biggleswade. IN the 1901
census he was the son of William J and Mary A Jackson, single, aged
15, Horseman on farm, born 1886 in Bourne, cambridgeshire, resident
Cottages, Wintringham, St Neots Rural, Wintringham, Huntingdonshire.
Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot
VIII. Row A. Grave 37. Also commemorated on Langord
War Memorial, Bedfordshire or
Charles William Jackson, Private 40052, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire
Regiment. Killed in action 23rd April 1917. Born Beccles, Suffolk,
enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Ringfield, Suffolk. Formerly
28840, Suffolk regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL,
Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
56109, 135th Battery, 32nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery who was
killed in action on Monday, 8th October 1917. Born Kettering, Northamptonshire
in 1891, enlisted Huntingdon. In 1911 he was a Driver with 135th
Battery, RFA, aged 20, born Gretton, Kettering, resident at Bordon
Barracks, Hampshire. In 1901 he was resident in Gretton, Rutlandshire,
his mother was born in Cambridge. Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY,
LANGEMARCK, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Plot I. Row F. Grave 15. Note: There were only
two men called LOWETH who are listed on the CWGC, one being John
LOWETH and the other this man listed here, Frederick LOWETH.
shows A H NIGHTINGALE]. Guardsman (Private) 27743, 1st Battalion,
Grenadier Guards who was killed in action on Saturday, 1st December
1917. Age 20. Born Guton (sic - Girton), enlisted Cambridge. Son
of Emily Nightingale, of High St., Girton, Cambridge, and the late
Arthur Nightingale. No known grave. Commemorated on the CAMBRAI
MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 2.
13641, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action
on Tuesday, 23rd May 1916. Born Girton, enlisted Cambridge. Buried
in BECOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT, Somme, France. Plot
I. Row M. Grave 8.
326135, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment who was killed in
action on Tuesday, 31st July 1917. Age 22. Born Girton and enlisted
Cambridge. Son of Annie Nightingale, of Grove Cottage, Girton, Cambridge.
3117, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried in NEW IRISH FARM CEMETERY,
Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XVII. Row B. Grave 10.
from Cambridge Independent Press - 14 September 1917.
from Cambridge Daily News - Friday 7 September 1917,
has been received by Mrs. J. Nightingale, of Girton, that her
youngest son, Pte. Walter Nightingale, of the Cambs. Regt., was
killed in action July 31st. Corpl. S. Rose, of the same section,
writing to Mrs. Nightingale, says: "No one feels his loss
more than I do, although he has only been in my section a short
time. I knew he was a good chap, as I was with him when he was
wounded on the Somme, so when he came out this last time I got
him into my section. Our company got off very lightly considering
we only had two men killed the first day, and, strange to say,
they were both named the same. Walter suffered no pain, as he
was hit in the head by a piece of shell, and never moved.”
Lce.-Gorpl. G. F. Coote says: "Walter was killed in action
by the bursting of a shell on Tuesday. I cannot say how sorry
I am for you all in your great loss of a splendid son, and I have
lost one of the best friends I ever had." Mr. E. S. Montagu,
the Member for West Cambs., writing to Mrs. Nightingale, says;
“I was so very sorry to hear of the death your son in the
service of his country in France. Will you please accept my most
sincere sympathy with you and your family in the great loss which
you have sustained?—Yours very truly, E. S. Montagu."
Pte. Nightingale, who was 22 years of age, joined the Cambs. Regt.
at the beginning of the war, and went to France in February, 1915.
He formerly worked on his father's farm at Girton.
shows A H NORTH]. Sapper, 323045, 98th Light Railway Train Crew
Company, Royal Engineers who died at sea on Monday, 31st December
1917. Age 38. Born and resident Girton, enlisted Long Eaton, Derbyshire.
Son of Mrs. Eliza Hawkes, of Church Lane, Girton, Cambs. No known
grave. Commemorated on the JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel. Panel 9.
lists him as F.H. PAULEY - There is only one F
PAULEY listed on CWGC and SDGW] Private 327869, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire
Regiment who was killed in action on Wednesday, 26th September 1917.
Born Histon, enlisted Cambridge. Formerly
6174 Cambridgeshire Regiment. In the 1911 census he was aged
26, born Impington, Cambridgeshire, a Gardener's Labourer, married
to Ethel Janet Pauley with one son Stanley Fred Edward Pauley, resident
Primrose Terrace, High Street, Girton, Cambridgeshire. Frederick
and Ethel had three children, Stanley, Thomas and Cyril, of these
Thomas wnet on to have Patricia and John Pauley. Buried in VOORMEZEELE
ENCLOSURES No.1 and No.2, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot
I. Row J. Grave 41.
Suffolk Regiment. Private 327889, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
who died of wopunds on Tuesday, 20th November 1917. Born
Chesterton, enlisted Cambridge. Formerly 6217, Cambridgeshire Regiment.
Buried in FINS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, SOREL-LE-GRAND, Somme,
France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 19.
24990, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action
on Tuesday, 26th September 1916. Age 30. Born Girton, enlisted Cambridge.
Son of Phillip and Alice Watson, of White House, Girton, Cambs.
No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France.
Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A
8790, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action on
Wednesday, 30th December 1914. Age 19. Born Girton, enlisted Cambridge.
Son of Barnett Wilson, of 1, Hicks Lane, Girton, Cambridge. No known
grave. Commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Panel 21.
WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES IN THE WORLD WAR
5933303, 1st Battalion The Cambridgeshire Regiment, Suffolk Regiment
who was killed in action on Sunday, 15th February 1942 the
day Singapore fell to the Japanese. Age 28. Son of William N.
and Mary Elizabeth Andrews, of Girton, Cambridgeshire. No known
grave. Commemorated on the SINGAPORE
MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 58.
5933178, 1st Battalion The Cambridgeshire Regiment, Suffolk Regiment,
prisoner of war, who died of cholera, at Kinsaiyok, Thailand, on
Thursday, 29th July 1943. Age 33. Son of George Edward and Gertrude
Austin; husband of Winifred Annie Austin, of Girton, Cambridgeshire.
No known grave. Commemorated on the SINGAPORE
MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 57.
No further information currently available - there are three L BURGESS
listed for World War 2 none of which stand out as this man.
5827933, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, who died as a prisoner
of war on Friday, 28th May 1943. Age 25. Buried in KANCHANABURI
WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2. Row F. Grave 56.
T/73322, Royal Army Service Corps attached 3rd Commando Regiment
who died on Wednesday, 19th August 1942. Age 30. Son of Joseph and
Emily Mary Gerrard; husband of Vera G. Gerrard, of Cambridge. Commemorated
on the BROOKWOOD MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 15. Column 3.
Stoker, C/KX 99440, H.M.S. Danube III, Royal Navy who died on
Sunday, 13th October 1940. Age 45. Son of William and Kate Elizabeth
Hullyer; husband of Nellie Elizabeth Hullyer, of Little Wilbraham,
Cambridgeshire. Commemorated on the CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent.
Panel 38, Column 1.
HMS Danube III was a Rescue Tug, launched in 1924, commissioned
on 28th August 1939. Displacement: 234 tons. HMS Danube III (Cdr.
J.R. Stenhouse, RNR, OBE, DSO, DSC) was mined and sunk of Sheerness
on 13th October 1940.
7632613, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers attached Royal
Corps of Signals who died on Wednesday, 23rd August 1944. Age 34.
Son of Arthur Edward and Alice Florence Johns, of Cambridge; husband
of Elsie Ada Johns, of Cambridge. Buried in GAUHATI WAR CEMETERY,
India. Plot 3. Row K. Grave 2.
5833854, 5th Battalion, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment who
died on Saturday, 6th May 1944. Age 31. Son of Pte. Frederick William
Pauley, 1st Battalion The Cambridgeshire Regt. (killed in action
in Belgium, 26th September, 1917), and Ethel Janet Pauley, of Girton,
Cambridgeshire; husband of Gladys Pauley, of Girton. Buried in HELIOPOLIS
WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 6. Row Q. Grave 4.
14524374, Army Catering Corps, attached to H.Q. 21 Army Group, died
13th February 1945, age 36, Son of William and Ann Pigden; husband
of Christine Lilian Pigden, of Girton, Cambridgeshire. A.C.C. Separate
vase at base of memorial states "Ernest S Pidgen 1908-1945". Buried
in EINDHOVEN (WOENSEL) GENERAL CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands.
Plot RR. Grave 31.
Officer, 40950, 235 Squadron, Royal Air Force who died on Sunday,
12th May 1940. Age 25. Son of Frederick Charles and Elsie Smith,
of Cambridge. B.Sc., Hons. (Lond.). Buried in THE HAGUE (WESTDUIN)
GENERAL CEMETERY, Netherlands. Allied Plot. Row 3. Grave 47.
Note: 235 Squadron flew Blenheims
from Bircham Newton. On 30 October 1939, No 235 reformed at Manston
as a fighter squadron and received Battles for training purposes
in December. In February 1940, it equipped with Blenheims and
was transferred from Fighter to Coastal Command on 27 February
1940 for fighter-reconnaissance duties. When the German invasion
of the Low Countries began in May 1940, the squadron flew patrols
over Holland and during the Battle of Britain was engaged in convoy
protection and reconnaissance missions over the North Sea. It
was during this period that Norman was killed.
6031884, 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry who died on Sunday,
23rd April 1944. Age 30. Commemorated on the RANGOON MEMORIAL, Myanmar.
listed for this parish in the Ely Cathedral Second World War Book
755396, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th January 1941.
Aged 33. Son of Thomas and Annie Johnson; husband of Margery Gwendoline
Johnson, of Willingham, Cambridgeshire.
Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 46.
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