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World War 1 and 2 - Rolls of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Ann Thompson & Robyn Down  

There are various war memorials in St. Andrew's church. Also listed is a complete list of the men who served in World War 1. The first memorial in on the North Wall made of stone.



Horace William

Private 325324, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment formerly 1710, Cambridgeshire Regiment, who was killed in action on Wednesday, 18th September 1918. Born Histon, enlisted Cambridge. Buried in EPEHY WOOD FARM CEMETERY, EPEHY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 3. See also Cambridge Guildhall, Cambridge Holy Sepulchre and Cambridge St Luke's and Histon & Impington Memorial.



Private 235381, 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment formerly 1409, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 14th June 1918. Born Old Chesterton, enlisted Cambridge, resident Chesterton. Son of Mr R Brett of Manor Farm, Chesteron, Cambs. Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot X1X. Row D. Grave 4. See also Cambrdge Guildhall and Histon & Impington Memorial.

Alfred Berechiah aka Bere
Sapper 49503, 503rd Field Company, Royal Engineers who died on Thursday, 1st November 1917. Aged 25. Son of A. Carter, of Histon, Cambridge; husband of Ethel Jean Cavanagh (formerly Carter), of 113, Carson Rd., Plaistow, London. Baptised 25 September 1892 in Impington, son of Alfred (a publican) and Elizabeth Alexandra Carter. Buried in MINTY FARM CEMETERY, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row C. Grave 7. See also Cambridge Guildhall and Histon & Impington Memorial.

Harry Hubert

Private 235558, 7th Battalion, Kings Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry) formerly 326720, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died was killed in action on 20th November 1917. Enlisted Histon. Employed Chivers & Sons Ltd, Histon. No known grave. Commemorated on the CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. See also Histon & Impington Memorial.


Percy R

Air Mechanic 1st Class, F/5426, H.M.S. "President", Royal Naval Air Service who died, from injuries received from an airship accident, on Saturday, 28th April 1917. Aged 22. Born 12th November 1894 in Cambridge. Son of Mrs. Sarah Anne Dear, of Olive Vale Nursery, Impington, Cambridge. Height 5 feet 8½ inches, chest 35 inches, dark brown hair, fresh complexion. Employed as a Plumbeers & Gas Fitter. Buried in CAMBRIDGE (HISTON ROAD) CEMETERY, Cambridgeshire. Grave 20. A. 15. See also Histon & Impington Memorial.


Cecil S

Private 15904, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Born Histon, Cambs, enlisted Cambridge. Employed at Chivers & Sons Ltd, Histon. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A. See also Histon & Impington Memorial.


Charles Claude

Serjeant 10594, 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry who died on Friday, 25th October 1918. Born West Norwood, Surrey, resident Histon, Cambridgeshire, enlisted London. Husband of Rose Anne (nee Adams) Forward. A Regular soldier. In the 1911 census he was aged 23, born Norwood, Surrey, a Private in 'A' Company, 1st Highland Light Infantry, billeted in Outram Barracks, Dilkusha, Lucknow, India. His original attestation papers list him as being born Lambeth, Surrey, resident West Norwood, Surrey. Attested 23 November 1905 in London, aged 18 years 4 months although his apparent age is given as under 17 years, a Builder's Labourer, unmarried, height 5 feet 2¼ inches, weight 103 lbs, chest 31-33 inches, fresh complexion, grey eyes, light brown hair, religious denomination Wesleyan. Originally assigned as Private 4473, 5th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's OWn (Middlesex Regiment but transferred to Highland Light Infantry 30 January 1907. In the 1901 census he is listed as Claud Forward, born Norwood, Surrey, aged 14, an Errand Boy, son of John and Rebecca Forward, resident 238, Romney Road, Lambeth, London & Surrey. In the Electoral Register for Impington Parish 1918 he is registered, with his wife Rose, as resident Cambridge Road, Impington. No known grave. Commemorated on the BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 35 and 64. See also Histon & Impington Memorial.

Extract from Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 9 July 1915, page 7:

Wounded Soldiers as Character Actors in Bridal Procession.

Private. Charles Forward, of the Highland Light Infantry who for some time has been a patient at the Histon Red Cross Hospital, has added another romance to his life’s adventures.

On Monday afternoon all Histon saw him married to Miss Rose Anne Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Adams, who reside at New School-road in that village. Private. Forward was wounded the fighting near Ypres, and was brought to the 1st Eastern General Hospital at Cambridge, and subsequently transferred for convalescent treatment to the Red Cross Hospital at Histon. Here he remained for a short time, and when fully recovered was discharged. After visiting his home at Eastbourne on furlough, Private. Forward returned to Histon, for his wedding to Miss Rose Adams, who was employe at Messrs. Chivers’ Jam Factory.

This is Histon Feast week, a week which is made especially memorable by the romantic and extraordinary circumstances of Monday's wedding. The ceremony was performed at the Histon Baptist Chapel by the Pastor, the Rev. R. Smith. The church was crowded with well-wishers, and the congregation included the Commandant and the entire staff of nurses at the Red Cross Hospital, and the soldier patients there, a large number of whom are personal friends of Private. Forward. The bride was given away by her father. She was attended by Miss Mabel Leet, a friend, who was bridesmaid, and Mr. Arthur Ward, of the Royal Warwicks, officiated as best man.

When the bride and bridegroom left the chapel they had to pass through an arch of crutches, croquet mallets, and broomsticks and staves, formed by the wounded comrades of the bridegroom, who had lined up on each side the chapel porch. Through this arch the happy couple walked to the highway, where huge crowd awaited their coming. The crowd cheered them lustily. When they reached their carriage they found that the horses had been removed and the shafts siezed by a number of wounded soldiers, who, judging by their broad smiles, were thoroughly enjoying the event. The bridal pair had no option, but to become the chief attraction of a remarkable and amusing procession. The procession was headed by Bombr. Welsh, a Canadian, who carried a very long pole, with a very small flag at the top. The gallant bombardier was followed by a queer sort of band that included such euphonious instrumentalists as a bugler, concertina players, mouth organ melodists, and a vigorous drummer.

The carriage in which Mr. and Mrs. Forward rode was preceded by a perambulator in which were two children attended by Harold Sknee, of the 8th Canadians, ono of the wounded soldiers, who was attired as a nurse. This was done, as a label explained, to represent the newly-wedded pair as they were 25 years ago. The bridal carriage, of course, represented the present, and a subsequent conveyance, with its occupants, the future of the bride and bridegroom. The conveyance was an object of great interest, which caused much laughter amongst the onlookers.

It was a kind of gig, decorated with red, white, and blue colours, and drawn by a donkey, and in it rode a Darby and Joan couple. The old lady wore a smart costume and bonnet, and carried a parasol. She was seated beside a bearded patriarchal gentleman in his “Sunday best,” an antiquated long hat and top coat. With one hand he held the reins; with the other he tenderly embraced his wife. Attached to the cart was a card, on which was written “Sixty years after.” The old couple were wounded soldiers, admirably “made up.” Thomas Leet, of the R.H.A.. Cavalry Division, acted as the old man, and James Hall, of the Light Brigade, as the old woman.

The procession travelled from end to end of the village, and the route was lined several deep on each side wth onlookers. Outside the house in New School-road the procession finally halted, and Private H. Bethune, of the Army Medical Corps Field Ambulance (Canadian), who until recently was a barrister in Canada, seized the opportunity to deliver a speech, a witty and eloquent speech, as it proved, which all who heard it say they would not have missed for all sorts valuable considerations. Private. Bethune, with solemnity suited to the occasion, apologised for the absence of Lord Kitchener, and remarked that he was commissioned to present the bridegroom with an iron cross for his bravery that day. This he did, amid roars of laughter from the crowd. He afterwards sincerely wished Private. and Mrs. Forward a happy married life. Three hearty cheers for the bride and bridegroom ended an event which Histon will never forget.

At the end of this week Private. Forward expects to return to the front.

The bride’s fellow workers at the Factory have presented her with a tea set. There were numerous other presents.


Henry William Louis aka Harry

Private 15851, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Enlisted Impington. In the 1901 census he was aged 19, a Gardener, born Impington, resident with his widowed mother, Charlotte, in Doctors Close, Impington, Chesterton, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was married to Emily with three sons, aged 29, a Gardener, born Impington, resident 9, St Matthews Court, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.See also Cambridge Guildhall and Cambridge St Matthew's and Histon & Impington Memorial.


Alwyne Ronald

Lieutenant, 1st/8th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Killed in action at Rodincourt, Arras, 17th March 1917. Aged 28. Son of Florence E. Macfarlane-Grieve, of Toft Manor, Cambridge, and the late W. A. Macfarlane-Grieve. Matriculated 1908 Keble College, Oxford University. Member of University O.T.C. prior to 1915. Buried in HIGHLAND CEMETERY, ROCLINCOURT, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 13. See also Cambridge, St Faith's School and Cambridge, Perse School and also Histon & Impington Memorial.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 4, page 70-71:

MACFARLANE - GRIEVE, ALWYN RONALD, Lieut., 8th (Territorial) Battn. Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders), 2nd s. of William Alexander Macfarlane-Grieve, of Impington Park, Cambridge, and Edenhall and Penehrise, co. Roxburgh, M.A.. S.C.L., F.S.A., J.P., by his wife, Florence Emily, dau. of the Rev. Morris Fuller; b. London, 17 May, 1888 ; educ. St. Faith's School ; the Perse School, Cambridge, where he was captain of the school and senior sergeant in the O.T.C., and Keble College, Oxford, where he was an exhibitioner and sergeant in the University O.T.C., graduating with second class honours in the Modern History school in 1911 ; he afterwards studied and lectured at the University of Rennes. On the outbreak of war he undertook military work in Cambridge, and was also Lieut. of the Perse School O.T.C. ; underwent a musketry course at Hythe, and returned to Cambridge as instructor to an Officers' Cadet Battn. ; obtained a commission in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in July, 1916 • served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from the following Nov., and was killed in action at Roclincourt, near Arras, 17 March, 1917. Buried there. His Company Commander wrote : " He was killed on the forefront of the German front line, while encouraging his men, like the good soldier he was. We miss him very much indeed, and all mourn the loss of an excellent soldier, a great organizer and a dear friend." The Head Master of the Perse School also wrote : " Lieut. Macfarlane-Grieve was the embodiment of chivalry and honour, and he died like a man and a soldier in a great cause." Unm.


Albert aka Bertie

Private G/17657, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment who was killed in action on Monday, 11th June 1917. Born Impington, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 20. See also Histon & Impington Memorial.



Private 328074, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment formerly 6752 Cambridgeshire Regiment who was killed in action on Friday, 23rd November 1917. Born Impington, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 148. See also Histon & Impington Memorial.


Percy James

Serjeant 84389, 203rd (Cambs) Field Company, Royal Engineers, who died of wounds on Saturday, 26th August 1916. Aged 37. Born Impington, Cambs, resident Bishops Stortford, Herts, enlisted Cambridge. Son of James and Rebecca Mowlam; husband of Alice Ann Mowlam, of "The Hollies," Impington, Cambridge. Buried in CORBIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot 2. Row B. Grave 82. See also Histon & Impington Memorial.


Stanley Merrick

Private 49723, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on Sunday, 29th September 1918. Aged 19. Born Histon, Cambs, resident Impington, Cambs, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds. Son of Richard and Eliza Muncey, of South Rd., Histon, Cambs. Born at Impington, Cambridge. Employed Chivers & Sons Ltd, Histon. Buried in GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XIV. Row E. Grave 13. See also Histon & Impington Memorial.


James E

[Spelt PETTIT on SDGW] Private 9565, 1st Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry who was killed in action on Saturday, 8th May 1915. Aged 27. Born Histon, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Ely. Son of Ephraim and Harriet Pettit, of Milton Rd., Impington, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. See also Histon & Impington Memorial.


Bertie E

Pioneer 158931, 2nd Special Brigade, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 27th June 1916. Aged 19. Born Cambridge, enlisted Chatham. Buried in CARNOY MILITARY CENMETERY, Somme, France. See also Histon & Impington Memorial.

Note: Royal Engineers Special Brigades were gas troops.


Frank Bailey

[Also spelt SIMKIN and SIMPKINS] Private 202106, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment who was killed in action on Tuesday, 17th July 1917. Aged 36. Born Waterbeach, enlisted Cambridge, resident Impington. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Simkin, of Waterbeach, Cambs; husband of Annie Simkin, of Cambridge Rd., Histon, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7. See also Histon & Impington Memorial.


Alfred John

Private, 19771, 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales) who was killed in action on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Aged 36. Born Histon, enlisted Leyton, Essex, resident of Impington, Cambs. Son of Susan Toates, of Victoria House, Pepy's Terrace, Impington, Cambridge. Buriedin OVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row R. Grave 5.


Percy [Ernest]

Private 41810, 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 26th October 1917. Born Histon. Enlisted Cambridge. Resident Impington. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panels 90 to 92 and 162 and 162A.


The next memorial is on the VESTRY SCREEN - wooden with gold lettering



Arthur Charles

Private, 5827910, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who died on Tuesday, 27th July 1943. No known grave. Commemorated on the SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 54.


Stanley Frederick

Corporal 14703237, 1st Battalion, The Herefordshire Regiment, King's Shropshire Light Infantry who died on Tuesday, 1st May 1945. Aged 36. Buried in HAMBURG CEMETERY, Germany. Plot 4A. Row O. Grave 7.


Alfred Roland

Private 5933760 1st Battalion, The Cambridgeshire Regiment, Suffolk Regiment who died on Tuesday, 13th July 1943. Aged 21. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 4. Row G. Grave 27.


Dennis Louis

Serjeant 5776000, 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment who died on Thursday, 1st March 1945. Aged 25. Son of George and Minnie Cole; husband of Dulcie Mary Cole, of Histon, Cambridgeshire. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Germany. Plot 48. Row A. Grave 13.


Robert Griffiths

Private 5933768, 1st Battalion, The Cambridgeshire Regiment, Suffolk Regiment who died on Sunday, 1st February 1942. Aged 22. Son of Griffith and Gladys Davies, of Impington, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 58.


Kenneth Custance

Sergeant 1259306, 18 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Saturday, 18th July 1942. Aged 32. Son of Bernard William and Florence Hilda Ellis, of Comberton; husband of Doris Irene Ellis, of Cambridge. Buried in COMBERTON (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom



Lieutenant 179051, East Yorkshire Regiment who died on Monday, 7th August 1944. Aged 29. Son of Cecil James Hempsall and Grace Hempsall; husband of Sybil Elsie Hempsall, of Newark, Nottinghamshire. Buried in ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 15.


Gerard Austin

Private 5833057, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who died on Wednesday, 24th November 1943. Aged 30. Prisoner of War. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Plot B6. Row W. Grave 12.


Ernest John

Private 6853903, 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. who died on Friday, 5th February 1943. Aged 20. Son of Fanny Parker, of Impington, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on MEDJEZ-EL-BAB MEMORIAL, Tunisia. Face 36.

SALE Jack Kenneth Aworth
[Kenneth Jack Aworth SALE in CWGC], Pilot Officer 105168, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 27 August 1941. Buried in IMPINGTON (ST. ANDREW) CHURCHYARD, Cambridgeshire. Grave 50. See also Histon & Impington War memorial.


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