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THRIPLOW WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © 2000 Ann Thompson

The war memorial is opposite the village green on the side of Fowlmere Road in Thriplowm, South Cambridgeshire. It takes the form of a stone of remembrance made from Portland stone. There are 14 names for World War 1 and 3 for World War 2. The memorial was originally unveiled and dedicated 12 November 1922; the masons were Messrs. Whitehead & Sons. The names have been sorted into alphabetical order here for ease of reading and research.

There are further links for Thriplow include those for
78th Fighter Group USAF
Thriplow Hospital
Cambridge American Cemetery

Photograph from a postcard kindly supplied by
Thomas Whitehead of Shannon, Mississippi

THRIPLOW
IN HONOUR OF THOSE
WHO FOUGHT AND IN MEMORY
OF THOSE WHO FELL IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919

CARTER
Arthur Walter
Private 3884 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday, 30th August 1916. Aged 19. Born Thriplow, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Cambridge. Baptised 15 November 1896 in Thriplow, resident Thriplow. Son of Alfred William and Sophia Carter, of Thriplow Heath, Cambs. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Thriplow, Cambs, a Labourer on Farm, son of Alfred William and Sophia Carter, resident The Heath, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A

FLACK
Leonard
Private 16690 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Saturday, 1st July 1916. Aged 24. Born Thriplow, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Cambridge. Baptised 7 February 1892 in Thriplow, resident Thriplow. Son of Mrs. Charlotte Flack, of 13, Church St., Thriplow, Royston, Herts. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Thriplow, Cambs, a House boy farm house, son of Charlotte Flack (a widow), resident Church Street, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A

FULLER
Henry Martin
Private 33678, 8th (Service) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment formerly 32584, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 10 October 1917. Aged 19. Born and resident Thriplow, Cambs, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Son of Arthur H. and Margaret R. Fuller, of Thriplow, Cambs. In the 1901 census he was aged 2, born Thriplow, Cambs, son of Arthur and Margaret Fuller, resident Middle Street, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Thriplow, Cambs, at school, son of Arthur Henry and Margaret Roberta Fuller, resident Middle Street, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row C. Grave 26.
FULLER
William Alfred
Private 320693 15th (Suffolk Yeomanry) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment formerly 32584, Norfolk Regiument. Died of wounds Monday, 21st October 1918. Aged 21. Born and resident Thriplow, Cambs, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Son of Alfred Robert Fuller, of Church St., Thriplow, Royston, Herts. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Cambridge, a Farm Labourer, son of Alfred Robert and Bertha Annie Fuller, resident Church Street, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire. Buried in ARRAS ROAD CEMETERY, ROCLINCOURT, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row O. Grave 6.
GAMBIE
Horace
Private 15607 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died on service Wednesday, 7th February 1917. Aged 23. Born Thriplow, Cambs, enlisted Cambridge. Baptised 22 July 1894 in Thriplow, resident Thriplow. Son of Caroline and the late John Gambie, of Thriplow, Cambs. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Thriplow, Cambs, Working on Farm, son of John and Caroline Gambie, resident Church Street, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 16A.
HAGGER
Leonard

Private 10810 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday, 22nd June 1916. Aged 24. Born Thriplow, Cambs, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Walter and Jane Hagger, of Thriplow, nr. Royston, Herts. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Thriplow, Cambs, a Fruit Farm Labourer, son of Walter and Jane Hagger, resident The Green, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire. Buried in BOISGUILLAUME COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 7.

Extract from Saffron Walden Weekly News - Friday 30 June 1916, page 8:

Thriplow Man's Death.

Much sympathy is felt in Thriplow for Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hagger, who on Friday last received official news to the effect that their eldest son, Leonard Hagger, of the Suffolks, had died in a hospital in France from wounds received while in the trenches on the previous Tuesday. The lieutenant in charge of the company, writing to his mother, says: "Leonard has been in my platoon ever since I took charge of it in 1914, and I have always had the highest appreciation of his good qualities. He has always been very quiet and unassertive, but I have learned to know him as one of the very steadiest, most intelligent, and hardest working men in my platoon. Especially since we have been in France I have formed the very highest opinion of him, and I shall miss him more than I can say."
Mr. and Mrs. Hagger have another son—George—who is in the same company.
HALL
Henry John
Private 43099 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment formerly 2520, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday, 12th October 1916. Aged 23. Born Thriplow, Cambs, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Walter and Mary Hall, of Thriplow Heath, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A

ISON
Arthur Edward

Rifleman A/200583, 12th Battalion., King's Royal Rifle Corps formerly 6241, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds in St Michaels Hospital, Brampton Road, Bampton, Cuberland, 11 October 1917. Aged 37. Born 19 April 1881, and resident. Thriplow, Cambs, enlisted Fowlmere. Son of Charles and Emily Ison, of Church Street, Thriplow; husband of Emily (nee Vail) Ison, of Church St., Thriplow, married 11 June 1904 in Cambridge, St Luke (Chesterton). Admiited to Thriplow Junior Middle Infants' School 9 June 1884, son of Charles Ison. Buried 15 October 1917 East of Church in THRIPLOW (ST. GEORGE) CHURCHYARD, Cambridgeshire.

Extract from Saffron Walden Weekly News - Friday 19 October 1917, page 8:

THRIPLOW

MILITARY FUNERAL.—Rifleman Arthur Edward Ison, of the King’s Royal Rifles, who was wounded on the Western front on September23rd last, and died in hospital in the North of England, was laid to rest in the village churchyard Monday last. The remains, covered with the Union Jack, were conveyed by soldiers employed in the the neighbourhood. The principal mourners were the widow and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ison (father and mother) and numerous relations and friends of the deceased. The Rev. A. Robbs (vicar) and the Rev. E. W. Caropenter officiated, and the the Dead March in Saul was played as the cortege left the church. A bugler attended and sounded the "Last Post" at the close of the service. Rifleman Ison, who was 36 years of age, had been in France about 12 months, having joined the Army in April, 1916.

MILLER
Leslie
Lance Corporal 15621 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday, 9th April 1918. Aged 22. Born South Kensington, Middlesex, enlisted Cambridge. Adopted son of Mary Ann Moule, of Lower St., Thriplow, Royston, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on the PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 3
MOULE
Henry
Private 16358 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Friday, 5th April 1918. Born Barrington, Cambs, enlisted Cambridge. In the 1911 census he was aged 21, born Haslingfield, Cambs, a Farm Labourer, grandson of John and Mary Ann Moule, son of Albert Charles and hannah Moule, resident Lower Street, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on the POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 25
NEEVES
Bertram Freeman
Private 69999 7th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.). Died of wounds Sunday, 18th August 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Thriplow, Cambs, enlisted Cambridge. Son of John and Elizabeth Neeves, of Thriplow, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 11, born Thriplow, Cambs, at school, grandson of James and Mary Ann Freeman, son of John and Elizabeth Neeves, resident The Green, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 12.
SKILLINGS
Allan

Private 3/9262 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday, 22nd April 1915. Aged 31. Born Audley End, Essex, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Thomas and Sarah Skillings, of Thriplow, Royston; husband of Edith Ruth Skillings, of Thriplow, Royston. In the 1911` census he was aged 27, born Saffron Walden, Essex, a Blacksmith, married to Edith Skillings with two sons and a daughter, resident Lower Street, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire. Buried in WYTSCHAETE MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row C. Grave 14.

Extract from Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 7 May 1915, page 5:

Thriplow Man Killed.

On Thursday week news came from the front that Private Allan Skillings, of the Suffolks, had been mortally wounded in the trenches in France. On the outbreak of war he was in the reserve, and immediately volunteered for active service, proceeding in a few weeks to France.

At St. George’s Church on Sunday evening the vicar, the Rev. H. F. James, feelingly referred to the sad event. He said that he had had the privilege and honour to prepare Allan Skillings for confirmation, and that he proved himself a devout and earnest Churchman. On Saturday morning the widow received the following letter from the sergeant the Company:

“Dear Mrs. Skillings,—it is with deep regret that I write to inform you of your dear husband’s death, which took place on the 22nd of April. He was wounded in the trenches, and everything that was possible was done for him, but unfortunately died before he reached the hospital. We regret very much to lose such a good man out of the company, as he was respected and loved by everyone. Please accept the deepest sympathy of the N.C.O.’s and men of his Company.—H. Mead, sergeant, 2nd Suffolks.”

A memorial service for Pte. Allan Skillings was held on Wednesday morning in St. George's Church. Much sympathy is felt for the widow, who is left with five little children.

SOFTLY
Clement Peter

Rifleman 393689 "B" Company, 1st/9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rifles) formerly 5577, 8th Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action Saturday, 14th April 1917. Aged 33. Resident Thriplow, Cambs, enlisted London. Son of John and Martha Freeman Softly, of Thriplow, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 10.

Extract from Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 18 May 1917, page 8:

THRIPLOW.
Mr. John Softly, postmaster of this village, has received news that his youngest son, Rifleman C. P. Softly, of the London Regiment, was killed in action on April last. Rifleman Softly joined the Army on March 8th, 1916, and was sent to the front in July. He was 32 years of age, and was well knomn in the neighbourhood, and much respected. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. Softly and his family.

UNWIN
Richard
Lance Serjeant 15783, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Saturday, 1st July 1916. Born Fulham, Middlesex, enlisted Cambridge. Buried in BAPAUME POST MILITARY CEMETERY, ALBERT, Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 25.

AND IN THE WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945

MARSHALL
Reginald
Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1295549, 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Bomber Command). Took off from Dunholme Lodge, flying in an Avro Lancaster I, serial number LM171, on night operations to Stuttgart when he was killed in action when his aircraft crashed near Haiterbach 10 miles southwest of Herrenberg, 5 of the crew survived and were captured, Saturday, 29th July 1944. Born 6th Septemeber 1921. Native of Thriplow, Cambs. Son of Ellen Marshall (a widow), of Thriplow, Cambridge. In the 1939 Register he was a Farm Labourer, unmarried, resident with his widowed mother at Church Street, Thriplow, South Cambridgeshire R.D., Cambridgeshire. Buried in DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, Bayern, Germany. Plot 8. Row A. Grave 27.
SMITH
Harry Arthur
Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1466653, 51 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Bomber Command). Flying out of Snaith, Yorkshire, in a Halifax II, serial number DT483, his aircraft was shot down by a night fighter over the North Sea 6 miles west of Texel during a mine laying sortie to the Nectarines area, Saturday, 9th January 1943. Aged 21. Born 23rd June 1921, baptised 7th August 1921 in Thriplow. Cambs, son of Adolphus and Alice Mabel Smith. Native of Thriplow, Cambs. Based at Snaith, Yorkshire. Son of Adolphus Mortimer Smith and Alice Mabel Smith, of Thriplow, Cambridgeshire. In the 1939 Register he was a Private Gardener, single, resident with his parents in Church Street, Thriplow, South Cambridgeshire R.D., Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 165.
SYMONDS
William Edward John
Private 5779673, 5th Battaion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Missing in action, killed, 22nd January 1942. Aged 29. Born 23 September 1912. In the 1921 census he was aged 8, born Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire, son of William and Sarah Symonds, resident High Street, Fowlmere, Hertfordshire (Cambridgeshire). Married Ellen G E Radford in the October to December Quarter 1938 in Cambridge Registration District, Cambridgeshire. In the 1939 Register he was a Labourer Lime Works, married to Ellen G Symonds, resident Church Street, Thriplow, South Cambridgeshire R.D., Cambridgeshire. Buried in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Singapore. Plot 34. Row E. Collective grave 1-8.

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