Kimbolton War Memorial

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Kimbolton War Memorial

The memorial stands on the main road through Kimbolton outside the grounds of St. Andrew's church. The names on the memorial are in order of rank, those listed here are alphabetical. The memorial was unveiled on 20th January 1920 by the Bishop of Ely; the architect was Mr Inskipp Ladds. It is made from a broken battlement upon which is mounted a 15th century Gothic Cross with an octagonal shaft and a two-stepped base. There are 29 names for World War 1 and 5 for World War 2.


The following information has been researched and sourced from which you can click on below: 


Surname First Name Rank & Information
Private G/10251 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Saturday, 18th November 1916. Age 42. Born, resident and enlisted Kimbolton. Son of William Abraham, of Kimbolton; husband of Eliza Abraham, of Newtown, Kimbolton, Hunts. Buried in REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, Somme, France. Grave IX. A. 23.
Private 2442 34th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action at Paschendale Ridge Friday, 12th October 1917. Aged 39 years 3 months. Enlisted Curlewis, New South Wales, Australia. Born Kimbolton. Husband of Mrs Sarah Ellen Bass, 21 Lynwoods, Colwick Vale, Nottingham. . Occupation gardener. Educated at Kimbolton Board School. Emigrated aged 34 years. Commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 7 - 17 - 23 - 25 - 27 - 29 - 31
Private 6382 2nd/14th Battalion, London Regt (London Scottish) who died on Thursday, 20th July 1916. Age 20. Son of Lewis and Mary Boyall, of Spaldwick, Hunts. Buried in MAROEUIL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave III. B. 4.
Private 1015663, 72nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment) who was killed in action on Tuesday, 30th October 1917. Born 19th April 1889. Born Kimbolton, resident Murrayville, British Columbia. Son of John Brawn of Wornditch Farm, Kimbolton. Farmer by trade. Enlisted and passed fit the 4th July 1916 in Vancouver. Aged 27 when he enlisted. Height 5 feet 9½ inches, girth 36 inches. Complexion medium, eyes grey, hair brown; religion Church of England. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 18 - 28 - 30. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1024 - 45
Firman Gordon
Private 7270, 1st/19th Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 2nd October 1916. Age 20.Enlisted Hammersmith, resident Chiswick. Son of Frank and Edith Jane Carter, of Kimbolton, Huntingdon. Formerly 3806, 10th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 D 9 C 13 C and 12 C.
Guy Newson
Second Lieutenant 70th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and 3rd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who died on Saturday, 9th September 1916. Age 19. Son of Beatrice and the late Henry Edward Cousans, of Binfield, Berkshire. Educated at the Wick Hove, Uppingham, and R. M. College, Sandhurst. Born 3rd May 1897 at Leamington, Warwicks. Gazetted 2nd Lt. with Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers September 1915; transferred to RFC February 1916; to 70 Squadron as observer May 1916. Killed flying Sopwith Strutter, with pilot 2nd Lt. E. J. Henderson (wounded); attacked by enemy aircraft near Bapaume and force-landed behind French lines. See “De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour" Vol. 1 for biography & photograph. Buried in CORBIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot 2. Row D. Grave I.
Private 2689 1st/13th Kensington Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action Sunday, 21st March 1915. Age 25. Enlisted and resident Kensington. Son of Annie Danes, of Kimbolton, Hunts, and the late Henry Danes. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panels 45 & 46.
Acting Corporal M2/133437, Mechanical Transport, Army Service Corps. Died Wednesday, 7th February 1917. Age 40. Born Banchory, Kincardine, enlisted Bedford, resident Kimbolton. Son of James and Jessie Emslie, of Kincardineshire; husband of Clara M. Emslie, of 39, Clarendon Rd., Lewisham, London. Buried in PUCHEVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave VI. C. 27.
Gerald Maurice
Second Lieutenant 16th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps who died on Tuesday, 6th March 1917. Age 19. Son of the Rev. Arthur Gurney Gosset Bibby and Florence Gosset Bibby, of Kimbolton, Hunts. Educated at Wells House, Malvern Wells and Oundle. Born 9th April 1897. Father was headmaster of Kimbolton Grammar School, but had retired by the outbreak of war and family residence was 11 St. Augustine Road, Bedford. Enlisted in RFC in 1915, and served as NCO observer in France in 1916. Then commissioned and trained as pilot. Joined 16 Squadron February 1917. Killed flying BE.2e, with observer Lt. G. J. O. Brichta (ex-Canadian Mounted Rifles, also killed); on artillery observation patrol near Vimy, shot down over Canadian front line by Ltn. Manfred von Richthofen of Jasta 11 (his 24th of 80 victories). See “Under the Guns of the Red Baron” (Franks. Giblin & McCreery; pub. Grub Street. 1995) for detailed account and photograph of Gossett-Bibby. Buried in BARLIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. J. 53.
Terence Albert
Private 18159 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday, 5th May 1916. Age 21. Born Kimbolton, enlisted Kettering, Northamptonshire. Son of George William and Hannah Green, of 43, Regent St., Kettering, Northants. Buried in LILLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave V. C. 2.
[Memorial states RGA] Gunner 59039, 48th Battary, 36th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 7th January 1917. Born Kimbolton, enlisted Bedford. Buried in CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY, CONTAY, Somme, France. Plot VII. Row B. Grave 15.
Herbert James
Private 22973 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday, 11th February 1917. Age 23. Born and resident Kimbolton, enlisted Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Son of George and Fanny Hall, of Newtown, Kimbolton, Hunts. Buried in ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France. Grave VII. F. 58.
Charles Arthur
[Spelt as HALLET on SDGW] Lance Corporal 10760, 6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action Saturday, 13th March 1915. Age 32. Born Kimbolton, enlisted Bedford. Son of Henry Arthur Hallett, M.D., and Mabel Price Hallett, of Kimbolton, Hunts. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 39 to 41
Thomas William
Private 43198 164th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died on Saturday, 21st October 1916. Age 18. Born Kimbolton, enlisted Huntingdon, resident Stoneley. Son of Charles and Charlotte Mary Hankins, of Stonely, Huntingdon. Formerly 1272, Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 56
Private 32794 207th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds Tuesday, 26th November 1918. Age 21. Born and enlisted Kimbolton. Son of Mrs. Margaret Whent of 53, South Rd., South Ealing, London. Formerly 667, Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Grave IX. A. 2.
Hugh Alexander
Private 43712 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday, 9th June 1918. Born and enlisted Kimbolton. Son of Mr. A. Hewitt, of East St., Kimbolton. Formerly 106248, hertfordshire Yeomanry. Buried in SENLIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Grave II. C. 6.
Jesse A
Lance Corporal 625008 1st/19th Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action Thursday, 22nd August 1918. (3486). Born Kimbolton, enlisted Blackheath, resident Greenwich. Formerly 3486, 20th Battalion, London Regiment. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10
Kathleen Mary
Nurse, No. 3 New Zealand General Hospital, [14th Huntingdon, V.A.D. (Red Cross)], Voluntary Aid Detachment. Died 13th May 1919 in the Military Hospital, Codford St Mary, Wiltshire. Born in 1896 at Kimbolton. Daughter of William Richard Hollis and Mary Frances Hollis, who lived and had a shop in the High Street, Kimbolton; her father was a grocer, draper, wine and spirit merchant. Buried in KIMBOLTON CEMETERY, Huntingdonshire, on 17 May 1919 in Plot S. Grave 5. North.
William Holmes
Private 4814, 3rd/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment who died at home on Monday, 1st May 1916. Age 39. Born Stoneley, Huntingdonshire and enlisted Kimbolton. Son of the late Benjamin and Elizabeth Horsford. Buried in STOW (OR STOW LONGA) (ST. BOTOLPH) CHURCHYARD, Huntingdonshire. In North-West part.
Robert Bernard
Lance Corporal 472 South Nottinghamshire Hussars. Died of wounds Sunday, 29th August 1915. Age 26. Born and resident Lenton, enlisted Nottingham. Son of Frederick William and Clara Hanna Ibbs, of 4, Gregory Avenue, New Lenton, Nottingham. Buried in LALA BABA CEMETERY, Turkey. Grave II. A. 2. [His father Frederick William Ibbs was born in Kimbolton and his grandparents, great uncle and second cousins still lived in Kimbolton. He was probaly a regular visitor to his extended family. Although only a handful remained in the 20th century in the mid 19th century there were several households of Ibbs families in the town and they had been a significant part of the community. Information kindly supplied by Peter Hendy-Ibbs]
Gladys M
Nurse Ipswich Hospital. No further information currently.
Simmons Wesley
Private 26057 9th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment attached 20th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action Sunday, 3rd September 1916. Age 23. Born Woodnewton, Northamptonshire, enlisted Kimbolton. Son of Robert and Anna Landin, of Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire. Formerly 26102, Bedforshire Regiment. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A.
Private 2/8th Essex. No further information currently.
Gunner 156307 49th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds Wednesday, 12th September 1917. Age 34. Born and resident Stoneley, enlisted Kimbolton. Son of Jane Mumford. Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, WESTVLETEREN, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave VII. A. 16.
Ernest James
Private 52727, "A" Company, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers . Killed in action Friday, 15th June 1917. Age 30. Born Pertenhall, enlisted Kimbolton, resident Stoneley. Son of Arthur and Elizabeth Pedley, of Great Staughton, St. Neots; husband of Daisy Braybrook (formerly Pedley), of Pertenhall, St. Neots, Hunts. Formerly 37247, 98th Training Reserve. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8
Private 32965 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment who was killed in action on Wednesday, 18th September 1918. Age 39. Born Stonely, resident and enlisted Kimbolton. Son of George and Emma Robinson, of Kimbolton, Hunts. husband of Bertha Mary Robinson, of 52, Stapleton Rd., Headington, Oxford. Formerly 34197, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in EPEHY WOOD FARM CEMETERY, EPEHY, Somme, France . Grave I. B. 20.
Frederick George
[Listed a G F on memorial] Lance Corporal 23208, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 16th April 1917. Born Welingborough, enlisted Ampthill, resident Rushden. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41
Private M2/163473 Royal Army Service Corps attached 6th Motor Airline Service, Royal Engineers who died on Sunday, 2nd February 1919. Age 32. Son of Ephraim and Mary Saunders, of Park Lane Cottage, Stonely, Hunts. Born at Kimbolton, Hunts. Buried in MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA, Greece. Grave 1225.
Harry Marion
Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, 9th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action Tuesday, 17th August 1915. Age 54. Son of A. H. and C. A. Welstead, of Stonely Hall, Huntingdon. Served in the South African Campaign. Buried in HILL 10 CEMETERY, Turkey. Grave V. D. 1.

Second World War
1939 - 1945

Surname First Name Rank & Information
Albert Ernest L
Corporal 5886287 5th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment who died on Saturday, 15th June 1940. Age 32. Son of Albert Edward and Agnes Mary Bass, of Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire. Buried in ESQUELMES WAR CEMETERY, Pecq, Hainaut, Belgium. Grave VI. A. 18.
Harold Lawrence
Marine PLY/X1874, H.M.S. Exeter, Royal Marines who died on Friday, 18th May 1945. Son of Lawrence George and Gladys Eva (nee Ball) Brightman. Buried in AMBON WAR CEMETERY, Indonesia. Grave 29. D. 15.
Trooper 7924465 49th Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment, R.A.C. who died on Saturday, 11th November 1944. Age 32. Son of Frederick and Annie Mayes; husband of Armorel Agnes Mayes, of Eynesbury, Huntingdonshire. Buried in MIERLO WAR CEMETERY, Netherlands. Grave II. C. 5.
Sergeant 1622218 6 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Friday, 7th July 1944. Age 21. Son of William McCafferty, and of Alice McCafferty, of Hatton Heath, Chester. Commemorated on MALTA MEMORIAL, Malta. Panel 15, Column 1.
Cecil William
Sergeant 1426357 W.Op./Air Gnr. 78 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Saturday, 12th June 1943. Age 22. Son of Herbert Victor and Florence Payne, of Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire. Buried in SCHIERMONNIKOOG (VREDENHOF) CEMETERY, Netherlands. Grave 103.

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