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This memorial takes the form of a Brass plaque on the inside of the wall facing towards Trumpington Street within Emmanuel United Reformed Church.

Photographs Copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2014

In memory of the fallen
1914 1918

BILLINGER Hector Fussell
Second Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 23 November 1916. Aged 23. In the 1911 census he was a son, aged 17, born Neath, Glamorgan, son of James F and Margaret J Billinger of 44 St Barnabas Road Cambridge. Son of James Fussell Billinger and Margaret Jane Billinger, of 44, St. Barnabas Rd., Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 C. See also Cambridge County High School and Cambridge Guildhall

Extract from England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 for Hector Fussell Billinger:

BILLINGER Hactor Fussell of 33 St. Barnabas-road Cambridge second-lieutenant 10th battalion East Lancashire regiment died 23 November 1916 in France on active asevice Administration (with Will) London 21 April to James Fussell Billinger bookseller. Effects £179 14s 7d.

Extract from Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 1 December 1916, page 4:

Old County School Boy Killed in Action.

News was received on Tuesday of the death in action on the 23rd inst. of Sec. Lieut. Hector Fussell Billinger, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Billinger, of 44. St. Barnabas-road. Cambridge. He was educated at the Cambridge County School and at St. John’s College, and took second class honours in the History Tripos Examination in 1914. He had just received an appointment as history master at the Royal Masonic School, Bushey, when war broke out. He immediately applied for a commission, having been a member of the Officers’ Training Corps during his school and college career. He was gazetted in October, 1914. to the 10th Battalion E. Lancs. Regiment. He went out to France in February 1916, and had been acting adjutant ever since March.

COWLING Cyril Frank
Private 4110, 15th (County of London) Battalion (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles) [CWGC] states 1st Battalion], London Regiment. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Aged 24. Enlisted London, resident Cambridge. Son of John Cowling, of 66, Panton St., Cambridge, and the late Agnes Mary Cowling. His birth was registered in the April to June Quarter 1892 in the Linton Registration District. In the 1901 census he was the son of John an Agnes Mary Cowling, aged 9, born Sawston, resident High Street, Sawston. In the 1911 census he is a boarder, aged 19, unmarried, working at a Postal Enginerrig Branch, born Sawston, resident 51 Willows Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 C. See also Cambridge Guildhall, Cambridge St Paul's, Cambridge County High School and Sawston

Extract from Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 1 December 1916, page 4 [Note some names may be incorrectly transcribed due to print quality]:



Mr and Mrs. Cowling, of 68, Panton-street, Cambridge, have received official information that their son, Signalling-Instructor Cyril Frank Cowling, Civil Service Rifles (London Regt.) was killed in action on September 15th The first intimation was received from three of his friends of the same section, one of them, Rifleman Cyril Barsham, being with him when he died. They were in a newly-captured German trench, and were sending messages to the rear, when Instructor Cowling was hit by shrapnel in the neck, which severed the artery and caused his death. Instructor C. F. Cowling, before joining up, was on the staff of the P.O. Engineering Office, Hills-road. He was a fine young man, with a promising career before him, and, as evidenced by the many letters of sympathy that have been received by his parents from all parts, was loved and respected by all who knew him. At the outbreak of the war he asked to be released from his duties in order to join the Army, but that being already a Civil Servant, it was not until June, 1915, that permission was given. He and others of his colleagues then enlisted straight away. They had been preparing themselves to serve as signallers, and composed themselves a Signalling Section of Cambridge men in the London Rifles. It was while at Chelsea Barracks in special training that Rifleman Cowling qualified as a signalling-instructor. His regiment was stationed at Winchester, and on his return he discovered his friends had been drafted out in France and he at once asked that his name might be added to the next draft to be sent out, sacrificing his position as lance-corporal and other provisions in order to be with his friends. They soon met again, and he became instructor as before. lnstructor Cowling was a native of Sawston, and was educated first at the Council school, afterwards at the County School, Cambridge. He prepared for the Civil Service, and in due time entered it, serving respectively London, Birmingham and Cambridge. Mr. and Mrs. Cowling have received many letters from the deceased’s friend, expressing their sympathy and paying high tributes to his good qualities. Rifleman Barsham wrote: “I have lost in Cyril the best pal a fellow could have, and miss him more than I should like to say. He was a splendid fellow, and the most popular in the Section. All the fellows wish me to tell you so. He died a hero’s death, also a Christian.” Rifleman Rayner, who has since died of wounds wrote: "He was like a brother to me, as you know, and if it is God’s will that I should some day go as well, I pray that it may be as bravely and calmly as your dear son." Rifleman H. Rice (once seriously wounded) said in a letter: “We with whom he had been associated so long greatly feel the loss, and on behalf of his many friends I extend to you both our very deep sympathy." Sapper R. P. Patterson says I can truly say that Cyril was the best pal that I have ever had, or ever hope to have.” Chaplain J. F. Alfred Baker states; "His chums speak most highly and affectionately of his straight, manly, and lovable disposition."

HEATH Sidney Stuart
Second Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 23 April 1917. Aged 20. Son of George Heath, of "Studland", Highworth Avenue, Cambridge. Birth registered in the October to December Quarter 1897 in the Chesterton Registration District. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, son of George and Flora Heath, born Chesterton, resident 57 Montague Road, Chesterton, Cambridge. In 1911 he was a son aged 13, his father George was a widower, he was at school, born Chesterton, resident 57 Montague Rd, Chesterton, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6. See also Cambridge County High School and Cambridge Guildhall
Lance Corporal 768, 5th (City of London) Battalion (London Rifle Brigade) (Territorial Force), London Regiment. Killed in action 13th May 1915. Age 25. Enlisted London, resident Cambridge. Son of William Henry and Emily Townsend, of 134, Tenison Rd., Cambridge. A clerk in Barclay's Bank. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 52 and 54. See also Cambridge Guildhall, Perse School and Cambridge St Paul's
WOODS Alfred Marcus
Second Lieutenant, "C" Battery, 78th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 26 February 1917. Aged 26. Son of Alfred and Mary Jane Woods, of 72, Edward St., Brighton. Buried in COMBLES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 9.

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