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Turves is a very small village on the back road between March and Whittlesey. This war memorial is a small obelisk on the roadside outside the Three Horseshoes public house. The men named on this memorial are also named on the war memorial at Coates, the next village along. Originally the memorial was situated at the Baptist Chapel and was moved in 1978 when the chapel was demolished. It moved first moved to Whittlesey Museum and then back to its prsent location in 1993. There are nine names listed for World War 1. The inscription:

"This tablet was erected by public subscription in memory of the soldiers of Turves who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War August 4th 1914 June 23rd 1919.


Rowland Bowd

Sidney Convine

William Barrett

Arthur Hill

Alfred Hill

Edward J. Martin

John Ed. Savage

Edward Taylor

Arthur Wootton


This page was kindly transcribed by Fiona Davis - many thanks to her.

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Cliff Brown

Private 925250, 58th (Central Ontario) Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died of wounds 18 April 1917. Aged 22. Son of George & Eliza Barrett, of Quaker's Grove, Turves, Whittlesey. Born 11 July 1894 in Turves, Cambridgeshire. Enlisted and passed fit 27 January 1916 at Weyburn, Saskatchewan, in 152nd Battalion, aged 21 years 7 months. Unmarried. Farmer by trade. Height 5 feet 6¼ inches, girth 35½ inches, complexion medmium, eyes blue, hair medium brown; religion Baptist. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, a Farm Labourer, born Turves, resident Quakers Drove, Coates, son of George & Eliza Barrett. Buried in Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canada Accession Refernce: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 467 - 57 See also Coates
BOWD Rowland
Private R/1805, Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Killed in action 21 August 1918. Born 17 August 1886 in Whittlesey. Lived Turves. Farmed with brother as B & R Bowd, Bottom Hakes, Turves. Next of kin, Benjamin Bowd of Botton Hakes, March, Cambridge. In the 1911 census he was living with his brother Benjamin, aged 24, Farmer working on farm, born Whittlesey, resident West Fen. In the 1901 census he was the son of Arthur & Lucy Bowd, aged 14, Farmer's son, born and resident Coates. No known grave. Commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France. Panel 1 and 2. See also Coates
CONVINE Sidney [Robert]
Private 48155, 12th (Bermondsey) Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds 23 Ocotber 1918, as a Prisoner of War. Aged 18. Born Cambridge, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Whittlesey. Lived Turves. Son of Mr Robert Convine and stepson of Mrs Convine, Burnt House Farm, Coates. Enlisted May 1918, to Western Front September 1918. IN the 1911 census he is listed as the son of Robery and Lucy Convine, aged 11, at school, born Prickwillow, resident New Shams Farm, Kings End, Wisbech. Buried in Kortrijk (St Jean) Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 47. See also Coates
HILL Alfred
Private 8942, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 18 August 1916. Aged 22. Born Chatteris, enlisted Whittlesey. Son of Alfred & Jane Hill, of Witcham Farm. (Brother of below). Buried in Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot 2. Row A. Grave 125. See also Coates
HILL Arthur
Private 16975, 11th (Cambs) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 2 June 1916. Aged 20. Born Manea, enlisted March. Son of Alfred & Jane Hill, of Witcham Farm. (Brother of above). Buried in Becourt Military Cemetery. Plot I. Row N. Grave 21. See also Coates
MARTIN Ernest John
Private G/61631, 24th (2nd Sportsman's) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 10 July 1917. Aged 22. Native of Mereside, Ramsey, Hunts. Enlisted March, resident Whittlesey. Son of J & E llen Martin, Coates. Formerly 10322 East Kent Regiment. Buried in Cambrin Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section K. Grave 10. See also Coates
SAVAGE John Edward
Private G/15269, 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1918. Aged 21. Born Huntingdon, enlisted and resident Whittlesey. Son of John E & Jane A Savage, Hollands Farm, Glassmoor, Whittlesey. Buried in Harponville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Gave 7. See also Coates
Lance Sergeant 2454, "C" Company, 1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 6 May 1915. Aged 35. Born Hull, enlisted Cambridge. Lived Turves. According to the 1911 census he was a boarder, aged 32, living in the Duke of Wellington, Kingsland, Coates, a farm labourer, no place of birth given. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Addenda Panel 57 and 58. See also Coates

[Spelt WOOTTON on memorial] Private 40537, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 3 May 1917. Enlisted Whittlesey. Son of Mrs L Wotton, of 1 Carters Row, Coates. In the 1911 census he was the son of Robert & Lucy Wotton, his father was an Innkeeper. He was aged 29, a Farm Labourer, born Peakirk, Northamptonshire, resident in the Duke of Wellington, Kingsland, Coates (Edward Taylor above was a boarder there). Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row O. Grave 27. See also Coates

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