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KING'S SCHOOL, ELY - 1914-1918

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2003 Martin Edwards & Cliff Brown
additional information Lynne Turner

The Memorial took the form of an English Oak Wall Tablet placed in the Dining Hall. The designers were Messrs. Maile & Co., of Euston Road, London. The number of names inscribed on the Roll of Honour is Twenty Four. Special gifts of Communion Plate, Altar Vases and Candlesticks were made to the School Chapel. In 1925 the King's School, Ely used the names of four Eleans who lost their lives in the First World War to name their games houses, thus Boultbee, Burns, Ivatt and Ingle go down in the annals of the school history and there are fond memories of playing for the BIBI Cup for games.

1914 1918



Reginald Norman

Lt, 5th Bedfordshire Rgt, attd. Machine Gun Corps (Inf), who died on Friday 30th March 1917. Age 22. Son of the Rev J. W. Balding, of 41, Chatsworth Rd., Croydon, Surrey. BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq.


Victor Louis Sydney

Major, 9th Yorkshire Rgt, who died on Friday 14th July 1916. Age 34. Died of wounds received on 10th July. Son of the late Dr. Francis Mears Beckett and Harriet Elizabeth Beckett, of St. Audrey's, Ely, Cambs. HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE, Somme, France.


Arthur Elsdale

Lt, 25th Sqdn Royal Flying Corps, and 3rd Battalion, Northamptonshire Rgt, who died on Saturday 17 March 1917. Age 19. Son of the Rev Frederick Croxall Boultbee and Henrietta Eleanor Boultbee, of Arnion Lodge, The Avenue, Combe Down, Bath, Somerset. CANADIAN CEMETERY No. 2, NEUVILLE - ST. VAAST, Pas de Calais, France. At King's School from 1909 until July 1915.

Born 1897 at Colne. Son of the Rev. Frederick Croxall Boultbee & Henrietta Eleanor Boultbee. of Hargrave Rectory, Northamptonshire. Educated at St. John's, Leatherhead & St. Catherine's College, Cambridge; left Cambridge after one term to join Northamptonshire Regiment. Transferred to RFC. Trained as pilot and posted to 25 Squadron in France 1st January 17th. Killed in action 17th March 1917; flying FE.2b with observer AM 2 F. King (also killed), on photographic escort. attacked by enemy fighters south-east of Oppy; shot down by Ltn. Manfred von Richthofen of Jasta 11 (his 27th of 80 victories). Buried at Canadian Cemetery No. 2, Neuville-St. Vaast, France. See "Under the Guns of the Red Baron" (Franks, Giblin & McCreery; pub. Grub Street, 1995) for full account & photograph of Boultbee.


William Beaumont

2nd Lt, 1st Worcestershire Rgt, who died on Saturday 8th July 1916 . THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. See also Lord's Cricket Members WW1 War Memorial


Alfred Melbourne

Second Lt, 15th Bty. 36th Bde., Royal Field Artillery, who died on Wednesday 28th August 1918. Age 19. Son of the Rev. Harry Coate and Henrietta Mercy Coate, of The Vicarage, Sharnbrook, Beds. DOUCHY-LES-AYETTE BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.



Lt, 7th Cheshire Rgt, who died on Wednesday 12th January 1916. CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France.


Richard christopher George

Lt, Royal Marine Light Infantry, who died on Thursday 15th October 1914. Age 20. Son of the Rev. John Vicars Foote and Margaret A. Foote, of 14, Powis Square, Notting Hill, London. Born at Clevedon, Somerset. GENT CITY CEMETERY, Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


Kenneth Rowley

Lt, 3rd The Buffs (East Kent Rgt), who died on Friday 23rd July 1915. Age 28. Son of Canon Forde, LL. D., and Mrs Forde, of 18 Salisbury Terrace, Poltrush, Co. Antrim. DRANOUTER CHURCHYARD, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


William Orr

2nd Lt, 3rd Norfolk Rgt attached 70th Machine Gun Company, who died on 1st July 1916, age 28. Son of Rev W H Hampton, vicar of parish. Lonsdale Cemetery, Authille, Somme, France. Also listed on Ramsey memorial and Pondersbridge.


Roland George

2nd Lt, Lincolnshire Rgt, who died on Saturday 1st July 1916. Age 30. Son of Robert and Harriet Alice Ingle, of 92, Hills Rd., Cambridge. BECOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT, Somme, France.


Frank Aubrey

Lieutenant Colonel, 4th Regt., South African Infantry, formerly Welsh Rgt, who died on Tuesday 11 July 1916. Age 42. Son of Arthur Mowbray Jones and Clara Belinda Jones. Born at Clifton, Bristol, England. PERONNE ROAD CEMETERY, MARICOURT, Somme, France.



Lt, B Coy. 14th Hampshire Rgt, who died on Tuesday 14th March 1916. Age 41. Son of Thomas Charles and Mary Ann Langdon. Born at Winchester. SAILLY-SUR-LA-LYS-CANADIAN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.


Hugh Cecil

2nd Lt, 5th attd. 8th Bedfordshire Rgt, who died on Thursday 19th July 1917. Age 20. Son of the late Rev E. A. Moxon, Vicar of All Saints, Newmarket, and of Maud M. Moxon, of Oak Cottage, Great Shelford, Cambs. BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.


Percy Eaton

Pte, STK/496, 10th Royal Fusiliers, who died on Wednesday 12th July 1916. Age 23. Son of Arthur Deer Pledger and Louisa Pledger, of Koumala, 50 New Barn's Rd., Ely, Cambs. THIEPVAL MEMORIA, Somme, France.


Edmund Elgood

Lt, 2nd Bedfordshire Rgt, who died on Saturday 31st October 1914. Age 24. Son of the late Rev Canon Punchard, D.D., and the late Catherine Mary Punchard, of St. Mary's St., Ely, Cambs. YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


Edmund Leslie Johnson

Lt, B Coy. 10th Lancashire Fusiliers, who died on Friday 7th July 1916. Age 22. Son of William Edward and Rose Ellen Stockdale, of The Tower, Ely, Cambs. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France.


John Ellis

Lance Corporal 1111, The Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars, Imperial Yeomanry, who died on Saturday 21st of August 1915, son of Mrs Ellis Taylor, of Eye Hill, Soham. Helles Memorial. A Day Boy at King's School, Ely from 1906 to 1910.


Arthur Hilliard Williams

Captain, "A" Company, 2nd Suffolk Rgt, who died on Monday 14th December 1914. Age 39. Son of the Rev Robert and Mrs Temple; husband of Enid Powys Temple, of Albert Lodge, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


Gilbert Bernard Owen

2nd Lt, 54th Australian Infantry, AIF, who died on Monday 19th February 1917. Age 35. Son of the Rev Julian George and Fanny Tuck, of Tostock Rectory, Bury-St-Edmunds, Suffolk, England. Native of Bucknall, Staffs. Enlisted at Parramatta, New South Wales. A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS, Somme, France.


Arthur George

2nd Lt, A Coy. 2nd Rifle Brigade, who died on Sunday 18th November 1917. Age 19. Son of George Herbert and Annie Tyndall, of Minster Cottage, Ely. Formerly Cambridge University O.T.C. TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


Laurence Edward Stuart

Second Lieutenant (Pilot), General List and 50 Training Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Killed while flying as an instructor in an Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8., serial number B219, when turning into a climb, aircraft crashed, 29 August 1917; 2Lt J J Bennett who was flying with him was injured. Aged 24. Born Exning, Suffolk. Son of Jeannette Stuart Vaile, of West House, Seaford, Sussex, and the late Arthur Vaile. In the 1901 census he was aged 7, born Exning, Suffolk, son of Arthur and Jeanette Vaile, resident Vicarage, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Exning, Suffolk, pupil at school, boarding at The College, Ely, Cambs. Buried at NARBOROUGH (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk. See also Exning and Cambridge, St Faith's School

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1918:

VAILE Laurence Edward Stuart of West House Seaford Sussex died 29 August 1917 at Narborough Norfolk Administration Lewes 24 June to Arthur Vaile gentleman.
Effects £61 2s. 1d.


Charles Royston

Private 235040, 157th Depot, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Wounded and died 12th of March 1918. Born the 22nd of May 1883, attended KSE from 1895 to 1899. He was a journalist and involved in the South African War 1900. Buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Grave CE. 675.



There were two Woodroffe's at the school Norman Frederic and Walter Gordon, brothers. However Norman Frederic does not appear as having died, but Walter Gordon does and the age matches up [at first assumed that it was Norman Leslie Woodroffe]. W.G. Woodroffe was born in January 1894, but in the Register of the King's School Ely it is his brother who was supposedly killed in the first World War. Norman is supposed to have won the Legion of Honeur and the Croix de Guerre so if one swaps the information for the two boys the theory is that it is Walter Gordon who died.

Walter Gordon Woodroffe, Captain, 7th Battalion (Territorial), Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 16th September 1916. Age 22. Son of Walter Henry and Mildred M. Woodroffe, of 5, Bedford Row, High Holborn, London. Awarded Croix de Guerre with Palm (France). BRONFAY FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, BRAY-SUR-SOMME, Somme, France. Grave II. D. 4.

Missing from Memorial
IVATT, MC Harold Alfred
Captain, 1st/5th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment who died aged 25 on Tuesday 21st May 1918. son of Thomas Ernest and Florence Annie Ivatt, Hemingford Abbots, St Ives. Fouquieres, France.

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