Trumpington Village Sign unveiled June 2010, designed by Sheila Betts.
Trumpington Local History Group
Trumpington's Fallen Heroes of
World War I
Copyright © Trumpington Local History Group, 2017. Updated 29 October 2017.
This is the online version of a
booklet in memory of the soldiers
from Trumpington who lost their
lives in the Great War. Published in
October 2014, the booklet was
researched and written by Ken
Fletcher, with illustrations from
Trumpington archives including
newspapers, parish records and
photos from the Trumpington Local
History Group. Put in booklet form
by Sheila Glasswell.

Printed copies are available from
the Local History Group.

See also the
Introduction to
Trumpington and World War I.
This plaque can be seen in the Village Hall, Trumpington. The men from
Trumpington who died in the Great War are marked with a cross and celebrated
in this booklet. Photo: Trumpington Local History Group.

Each Remembrance Sunday, Trumpington residents gather at the village War Memorial for a
short service and the two minutes silence.  But, as the two World Wars slips into history, few, if
any, present have any personal memories of the men whose names are read out during the
service.  At the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, Trumpington Local History Group
(TLHG) has produced this leaflet to keep alive the memory of those Trumpington men who died
during the first of those wars.

For any investigation into the background of the WWI dead, the database of the Commonwealth
War Grave Commission (CWGC) is an essential resource which gives the name, number and
regiment of each casualty, the date of death and where they are buried or commemorated.  
Additional personal details may appear, but only if added by the family. For further personal
details, many other sources are available.  The census returns for Trumpington have been
transcribed by TLHG, those for 1901 and 1911 being particularly helpful.  The parish records
(identified as PR) can provide useful information as can the parish magazines for the period
1914 – 1919.   During the war years, a “Roll of Honour” was maintained in the parish church on
which names of villagers were inscribed as they joined the services.  At the end of the war, a list
of all villagers who served was published in the magazine and this gave full names and service
units.  There is a memorial plaque of the Roll of Honour in Trumpington Village Hall which
includes some additional names.  When the first remembrance service was held on 1st
November 1919, the magazine carried a list of the fallen together with their date of death.  All of
this local information helped identify the correct name in the CWGC records.   Further personal
information has been gathered from the local press and, in a few cases, from family members.

The 1911 census shows a population of Trumpington of 1,237, with 224 men aged between 10
and 35, i.e. those men of serviceable age during the war.  The Roll of Honour lists 188 names of
men who served during the war and there are 36 names recorded on the War Memorial.  

It should be noted that all these names are men, no women are recorded.  It is inconceivable that
no women from Trumpington served during the war, especially with the number of hospitals in
the Cambridge area which would have needed nurses.  We have traced one Trumpington
woman who did serve in the War.  This was Beatrice Cousins, who in 1911, was living in
Trumpington Road near the Tally Ho and was working as a General Servant (Domestic).  Two
of her brothers, Henry and Reginald, are both recorded on the Roll of Honour, as is Charles who
may have been her younger brother.  In spite of service in Women’s (later Queen Mary’s) Army
Auxiliary Corps, she is not mentioned. This is surely more of a comment on attitudes of the time
rather than on the spirit of Trumpington's women.  Any further information on  Trumpington
women serving during the war will be welcomed by TLHG.

Almost all these men served  in the Army, with only three in the Royal Navy and four in what
was to become the Royal Air Force. The soldiers served in a wide variety of regiments and corps
but with most in the local regiments.  20 men served in the Cambridgeshire Regiment which was
a TA formation and a further 33 in the Suffolk Regiment. Of these, 19 were in the 11th
battalion, which was a New Army formation styled the Suffolk (Cambridgeshire).  Another
seven men served in the Suffolk Yeomanry.

The course of the war can be traced by following the reported deaths of the Trumpington men.

In 1914, only a few weeks after war was declared, the village was shocked by the loss of Francis
Pemberton, the son of Trumpington Hall, in the early fighting in Belgium. By the end of 1915,
he had been joined by three more men, two of whom had died in the Gallipoli campaign.  The
Suffolks fought on the first day of the Somme offensive and so the losses mounted. In 1916 nine
more men died, with five of these serving with the Suffolks on the Somme. In 1917, the
Cambridgeshires fought in the Third Battle of Ypres and four of their men died with a further six
men falling with other regiments.  The fighting in the last year of the war was characterised by
the German breakout at the end of March and then the gradual containment and the reversal as
the allies gained control.  By November 1918, a further 12 men had died, the last Trumpington
man being Christopher Gowland who died of wounds after the war in December 1918.
The front cover of the booklet (above, photo, Arthur Brookes 1997) shows a panel from the
War Memorial, by Eric Gill. This panel on the south side shows a figure of a soldier, tired and
burdened, walking towards the west, the setting sun. His arm almost touching the ground
symbolises his worn out strength but his fingers remain straight conveying the idea of discipline.
Broken and splintered tree stumps show the havoc of war.
Memorial plaque in Trumpington Village Hall.
The unveiling of the War Memorial, December 1921.
The unveiling of the War Memorial, December 1921. From a
photograph used by Percy Robinson during lectures in the 1920s-1940s.

William James Brown
William was the son of James and Jane Brown of Cadenham Farm, Swaffham Prior.  In 1911
census he is living with his grandmother Harriet Gilbey (who died 1916) in 28 Alpha Terrace.
Private (G/39450) 1st Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment),
Killed 2nd December 1917, aged 19.
Buried Dochy Farm, New British Cemetery, Poelkapelle, West V, Belgium.

Also commemorated on Swaffham Prior War Memorial.
Memorial in Trumpington graveyard to Captain Arthur Hugh Bales Chaplin. Photo: Arthur Brookes, 2009.
Memorial in Trumpington
graveyard to Captain Arthur
Hugh Ba
les Chaplin. Photo:
Arthur Brookes, 2009.
Arthur Hugh Bales Chaplin

Captain 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment.
Died of wounds Monday 21st May 1917, aged 41.
Buried Shelford Road Churchyard.
CWGC shows him as husband of M. Chaplin.
PR show burial 24th May.  Died at Lady Ridley’s Hospital,  
Carlton House Terrace. London.

Charles Montague Chaplin
Second Lieutenant 1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment.
Died 26th September 1917, aged 35.
He is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial.   
Missing in the Third Battle of Ypres,    Passchendaele.
CWGC shows him as son of Arthur Edward and Alice Mary
and husband of Elizabeth Joan Chaplin all of Dalreagh,
Chaucer Road.
Both brothers were born in Leytonstone Essex. By 1901 their Father Arthur William, a Draper,
was living, with Arthur jnr, Drapers Assistant, at Leyspring, Cambridge Road, Trumpington. By
1911 he was living at Dalkeith, with wife Amelia (33) and daughter Eileen Mary (1) with General
Servant and Nurse.   The census shows him as Buyer Drapery at Robert Sayle, now John Lewis.
In 1901 Charles was an Auctioneer’s Apprentice in Ipswich, but we are unable to find a 1891
census record for him.

Both brothers are also commemorated on Perse School War Memorial (where Arthur is shown
as Major). Arthur is also on the War Memorial at St John's Church, Hills Road and at St
Andrews, Cambridge (where there are other employees of Robert Sayle).
Company Sergeant Major Chapman. Photo: Cambridgeshire Collection.
Company Sergeant Major
Chapman. Photo: Cambridgeshire
Herbert Chapman

Company Sergeant Major 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire

CWGC shows him as son of J.H. and  E.Chapman of
Trumpington, and husband of Alice M. Chapman of 2,
Alpha Terrace, Trumpington.
Born Chesterton, Cambridge 1882.
1901: Living with parents, two brothers and four sisters at 4
Alpha Terrace.  His father is a Nursery Gardener, Henry
(20) and Herbert (19) are printer’s compositors.
1905: 28th Jan, he married Alice Maria John at Trumpington.
1911:  Living in Victoria Road, Chesterton, with Alice, Bert
(6) and Hilda May (1).
Herbert worked at Cambridge University Press as compositor. He was a Territorial at the
beginning of the war, was mobilised with the Cambridgeshires and went to France in Feb 1915.  
A private in 1914, he quickly earned promotion and by 1917 was Company Sergeant Major. At
the opening of the Third Battle of Ypres on 31st July 1917, he was severely wounded at St
Julien, NE of Ypres.

He died of wounds 4th September 1917, aged 35. (War Record of Cambridge University Press)
(CWGC shows died on 26th Sept). He was buried in Etaples, Military Cemetery, France.

George Newns Day

George was born in Swaffham Bulbeck (1893), but by 1901 his family is living in Ravenstone,
Leicestershire. By 1911 he is recorded as a Farm Labourer living in Church Street, Trumpington
with his parents Will (52, Farm Labourer) and Jane Kizah (52), with 3 brothers and sister – his
mother had 14 children.
He was a Private (9905), in 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
He died of wounds 7th December 1916, aged 23, and was buried in Warlincourt, Halte, British
Cemetery, Saulty, Pas de Calais.
He is also commemorated on Swaffham Bulbeck War Memorial.

Robert Flack

Private (16902) A Company 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
He died of wounds on 26th March 1918, aged 24.
He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

William Flack

Private (16589) in the 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, and was “missing” on the Somme 3rd
August 1916 aged 20. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

The Flack brothers were both born in Trumpington.  Their father, Thomas, was born in Hauxton
and their mother, Annie (Utterage), in Trumpington, so this is a Trumpington family.  In 1901,
both boys were at school, but in 1911, were shown as Farm Labourers. Thomas was a Gardener
in 1901 and a Farm Labourer in 1911.

There were two other brothers, John (died 1948) the eldest, served in the Army Service Corps
and is on the Roll of Honour.  The youngest, Arthur Charles, served, in the Notts and Derby,
but does not appear in the Roll, although his name is handwritten in the archive copy of the
Parish Magazine.  He was wounded and died in 1925. The family appeared to have had
connections with Nottinghamshire and moved back there.

The parish magazine reports that the two brothers were wounded in July 1916 in the Battle of
the Somme. William had a flesh wound in his left knee, returned to his unit, and was killed in
August in the continuing Battle of the Somme.  Robert was wounded in the left hand and was in
hospital in the UK, in Newcastle and Darlington, and convalescent in Trumpington in September
1916.  He was wounded again in 1918, when the German attack broke through the Allied lines.

Charles Finch Foster

Charles was born in Great Shelford.
In 1911 he is shown living with family as schoolboy, only son and one sister and nine servants,
son of George Ralph Cuncliffe Foster and Grace Harriot Foster of Anstey Hall.

Lieutenant in 9th Queen's Royal Lancers.
He was killed during German advance 27th March 1918 aged 20 and buried in Crucifix Corner
Cemetery, Villers–Bretonneux.

George Freestone

George was born in Trumpington in 1881 at Nightingale Cottages, Trumpington Rd (south of
Perse Prep School). His father was John Freestone, an Agricultural Labourer, and his mother
was Rebecca.  In 1891 he was still living in Nightingale Cottages and, in 1901, North Cottages,
when George is shown as an Agricultural Labourer.  By 1911 he had married Annie and was
living in Colon, Panama Villa, High Street, Trumpington, His occupation now is shown as a
Gardener. CWGC also shows him as the husband of Annie Freestone of Colon.

Gunner (93169) 138th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.
He died of wounds 3rd May 1918, aged 38 and is buried at Mont Huon Cemetery,     
Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France.

Christopher Gowland

Does not appear in 1901 or 1911 census for Trumpington or in Parish Records.

He could be Christopher Gowland (born London) an apprentice to cycle works aged 16, living at
57 Russell St, Cambridge, with Edgar Atkinson, Cycle Maker.

Most likely, Lance Corporal (12450) 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment,
who died of wounds 2nd December 1918 and was buried in Denain Communal Cemetery, Pas
de Calais, Nord France. Other records show him as resident of Cambridge.

Edward Jasper Gray

2nd Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Rifle Brigade.
Killed 31st March 1918, aged 20.
Buried Fampoux British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Maurice Gray

CWGC indicates both are sons of Alan and Maude Gray of York House, Chaucer Rd.

Alan Gray was a Professional Musician (born 1856 Wales). The CWGC citation shows him as
D. Music with his wife Maude (born 1865 Sheffield).  In 1901, the Gray family were living in
Brancaster, Norfolk.  Only three-year-old Edward, (born 1898 Cambridge) was there together
with three servants.  The census also shows a local woman as the caretaker – was this a holiday
home?  Maurice, together with an elder brother Basil (born 1889 Kensington London), appears
at a prep school in Egham.

In 1911, the family were at York House, Chaucer Road, still with three servants, but not the
same people.  Maurice (born 1890) is shown as an Art Student, but neither Basil nor Edward are
recorded in Trumpington.

Maurice was commissioned into the Queen’s Bays in August 1914.  
Captain, 7th Squadron, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry).
Killed 8th August 1918 aged 28.
He is buried in Caix British Cemetery, Somme.
Both brothers were killed in the fighting following the German breakout in 1918.
They were at the Perse School and are commemorated on the War Memorial there.

Herbert William Green

Not identified for certain.
There were no Greens living in Trumpington in 1911. There was a Green family in Hills Road in
1901, but no son of this name.  The CWGC record shows a number of Herbert or H. W. Greens
but no reference to Cambridge.

The parish magazine reports a man called Green joining in August 1914, and at the end of the
war identified him as Herbert William Green who served in the Suffolks.
There are many Herbert Greens in the 1911 census, but only two Herbert William, one a dyer in
Yorkshire and the other a private in the Royal West Kents, neither have any obvious connection
with Trumpington or Dorset.  

The CWGC record shows a number of soldiers named Green serving in the Suffolk Regiment of
whom only one H.W. and he is recorded elsewhere as living in Cambridge.

Could be
Herbert William Green
Son of Mr & Mrs William Green, of Blandford, Dorset.
Lance Corporal 12563 Suffolk Regiment.
He died of wounds 22nd July 1915, aged 24.
Buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord France, where there was a hospital centre.

William Rhodes Harrod   

No Harrods are recorded in Trumpington census, but the PR records the baptism 1914 and
burial 1915 of William Harrod, son of William Rhodes (publican of the Tally Ho) and Laura
Violet Harrod  (married 1911).

William Rhodes Harrold was the son of William and Sarah E Harrod of 5, Pepys Road, New
Cross, London, and a native of Camberwell, London.  (CWGC).
Clearly William Rhodes had moved from London to Trumpington after the 1911 census.

William Rhodes Harrod, Sergeant  M2/034502 Army Service Corps.
(717th Mechanical Transport Company attached IX Corps)   Heavy Artillery.
Died of wounds 30th September 1917 aged 34, and buried Locre Hospice Cemetery,
Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium – used by field ambulances from June 1917.

Arthur Charles Haslop

CWGC has him as son of Henry James and Ellen Joanna Haslop of 47, Alpha Terrace,
Trumpington. Arthur was born in Brighton, but the Haslops are an old Trumpington family and
his father was born in Trumpington.   Henry was a coachman and in 1891 and 1901 was living
in the Anstey Hall Coachman's Cottage, although by 1911 the family had moved to Alpha
Terrace.  In 1911 Arthur (then aged 23) is shown as a Domestic Gardener.  

Private (73) 54th (East Anglian) Casualty Clearing Station, Royal Army Medical Corps.
He died 13th August 1915 aged 27, and is commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey. During
the campaign against Germany’s ally Turkey the major attacks at Gallipoli were in early August
and those commemorated on the Helles Memorial have no known grave.
The south face of the War Memorial. Photo: Arthur Brookes 1997.
The north face of the War Memorial. Photo: Arthur Brookes 1997.
The east face of the War Memorial. Photo: Arthur Brookes 1997.
The south, north
and east faces of
the War Memorial.
Photos: Arthur
Brookes 1997.
Charles Frederick Hicks

There is no obvious connection with Trumpington, but in the book of dedication of the war
memorial he is named as Charles Frederick.  The CWGC shows him as son of Daniel and
Harriet Hicks and the 1901 and 1911 census show the family in Camberwell, SE London.
Our parish records show a Harriett Hicks aged 82 of High Street buried in 1940.
Possibly, Gunner (61561) 105 Battery 22nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.   Died 10th Oct
1917, aged 25.
Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial.
Hicks appears to have been killed in the Third Battle of Ypres.  He was a regular and the 1911
census shows him as a gunner in the 105 Battery RFA based in Sheffield.

Henry William Huckle

Henry was born in 1886 in Hitchin and in 1911 was working as a teacher in Cardiff.  In 1914 he
married Mary Ann Elizabeth Porter in Trumpington.  Mary Porter, born Cambridge 1881, was
the daughter of Thomas Porter, a solicitor living in Quy Villas (Trumpington Rd by Long Rd).  
CWGC shows Henry as son of Henry & Emma Elizabeth Huckle of Hitchin and husband of M.
A.E Huckle of Tourmaline, Shelford Rd, Trumpington. The Parish Records show his two
children, Minnie born 1915 and Betty born 1917, and burial of Mary A.E. Huckle in 1965 when
she would have been 84.

Second Lieutenant 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment.
He was killed in action at Nurlu, 5th September 1918, aged 32, and buried in Peronne
Communal Cemetery, Somme.
He is also commemorated on Hitchin War Memorial.

William Robert Iles  

There is no census or PR record in Trumpington for Iles, but it is an unusual name and the Roll
of Honour shows him serving in the Manchester Regiment, and he is recorded in other records
as born in Kensington but as a Trumpington resident.

Private (52649) 12th Battalion, Manchester Regiment.
He died of wounds 1st April 1918, aged 32, and is buried in Doullens Communal Cemetery,
Somme. Parents William Robert & Elizabeth Iles of Walham Green London.

Anthony Isaacson

Anthony was born 1892 in London and in 1911 was a boarder with the Attlesey family in Wood
End, Grantchester Road, Trumpington.  He was employed as a flour miller.

Lance Corporal (16601) 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
He was killed 23rd May 1916 aged 24, and is buried in Becourt Military Cemetery, Somme.

His death is reported in the parish magazine of July 1916 which states, “We tender our most
sincere sympathy to those who mourn his loss.  May it be some consolation to them to know he
died a death to be proud of – for England and for duty, hit by a German shell”.

Bertie Charles Marshall King

Bertie was born 1892 in Trumpington. His father, Arthur Webb King, was born in Ipswich and
was a Draper (1901) or Draper's Assistant (1911), CWGC shows Bertie as son of Arthur Webb
King and Julia King of North House, Trumpington.
Bertie is shown as a Draper’s Clerk in 1911 and his brother Arthur (4 years older) as a Draper’s
Assistant.  The note in the Cambridge Chronicle states he was a Higher Grade scholar and on
leaving school was engaged as a clerk at Robert Sayles.   

Bombardier (38828) C Battery 85th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
Died 27th September 1916 aged 22 and is buried at Sunken Road Cemetery, Somme.

The Parish Magazine of October 1916 reports a wound to his brother, Private A. King, and
notes that he, Bombardier B.C.M. King, was killed in action on 27th September. Arthur was
wounded in the face, chest and shoulder in 1916 and was retired from service in August 1918.

Bertie was killed during the Somme Offensive. The Cambridge Chronicle reporting his death
says he was on sentry duty when a shell exploded close to him.  It states he was hit in the leg,
lost consciousness and died 2 minutes later. He was assumed to have died from concussion.

Bertie Harry Matthews

Bertie was born in Trumpington, the son of Ellis Matthews, a shepherd. In 1911 he is shown as
a House Boy domestic, living with widowed mother and his family in the High Street. His
parents came from Fen Ditton and Littleport.
He served as Corporal (40291) in 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment.
Older brother William also served, in Cambridgeshire Regiment, was awarded the Military
Medal and commissioned in 1918.
Bertie was killed in Third Battle of Ypres, 15th August 1917 aged 22.
Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres Memorial.
Newspaper cutting of “Private M.C.
Metcalfe, Lewis gunner, killed in
action 1917”. Source: Trumpington
Local History Group.
Michael Charles Metcalfe
[Metcalf in the printed version]
Michael was born 1887 in Cambridge, known as Charles
and recorded on the War Memorial as such. In 1911 he is
shown as a Gardener Domestic living with his wife and
two daughters Ivy (4) and Mercy (3) and son Charles M
(1). CWGC records he was the husband of Mercy
Chamberlain (formerly Metcalf) of 6 North Cottages,
Private (327867) 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment.
Died 26th September 1917, aged 32.
He was killed in Third Battle of Ypres and
commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Frank Mynott

Frank was born in Trumpington (1899) and lived in
Trumpington Road. His parents were born in Essex
and Hertfordshire but had lived in Trumpington
since at least 1880. His father was a coalman and
his two elder brothers were milkmen.
CWGC have him as son of Mrs E Mynott, London
Road, Trumpington.

Private (G/52102) 12th Battalion, Middlesex
He died 16th October 1917 and is buried in Cement
House Cemetery, Belgium.

He was killed during the third Battle of Ypres.  In
1917, the main fighting around Langermark was on
16th - 18th August.  Some graves at Cement House
Cemetery are of soldiers killed in August but later
graves are re-burials from the Ypres battlefields.

Both his elder brothers served: Fred (1890) and
Albert (1896) both in the Cambridgeshire
Regiment.  Fred Mynott survived the war and
sounded the last post when our memorial was
dedicated in 1921.  Albert was a sergeant in early
1917, was awarded the Military Medal in June 1917
and was trying for a commission at the end of the
war.  One younger brother, Bernard (1901), also
Photos from Josephine Kitson: Frank
Mynott and his grave in Belgium
before the CWGC headstone was in
Francis Percy Campbell Pemberton

Francis was the only son of Canon and Mrs Pemberton of Trumpington Hall, and husband of
Winifred Mary Colegate (formerly Pemberton) of 16 Prince's Gate, London. (CWGC).

He was born in April 1885 and was educated at St Faiths, Ludgrove and Trinity College
Cambridge.  He was a Second Lieutenant in the Life Guards and in 1912 was serving as Cavalry
Instructor to the Oxford and Cambridge OCT.  In April 1912 he married Winifred Mary
Worsley.  He was a keen sportsman and a playing member of the MCC Cambridgeshire Cricket
Club and vice president of the Trumpington Cricket Club.
At the outbreak of war he was recalled to his regiment and promoted Captain “C” Squadron 2nd
Life Guards. The regiment landed in France on 6th October 1914 as part of the 3rd Cavalry
Brigade which advanced into Belgium.  Captain Pemberton was killed when the British
Expeditionary Force met the advancing German force in fierce fighting which became known as
the First Battle of Ypres.
He is also commemorated by a plaque in Trumpington Church and on other war memorials, at
school, college and at the MCC.
He died 19th October 1914 aged 29 and is buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, West
Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Frank Peters

CWGC has him as son of Henry and Ann E Peters of Church Lane, Trumpington.
Private (12313) 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Frank Peters is shown in the parish magazine as volunteering in response to Lord Kitchener's
appeal in Sept 1914 and survived until almost the end of the war.
He died of wounds on 23rd September 1918 aged 32 and is buried at the Doingt Communal
Cemetery Extension, Somme.

Sidney Ilet Peters

A well-established Trumpington family.  Parents, Henry and Ann, were born in Trumpington, as
were the brothers.  Father Henry was a labourer.  In 1901 Frank (born 1888) appears as a
Gardener Domestic and in 1911 as a Groom Cab Service, whilst in 1911 Sidney (born 1891)
was working as a Gardener. Sidney was Private (10815), 4th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
He was killed in the fighting around Ypres on  9th November 1916 aged 25 and is buried
Bedford House Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium.
A number of Peters appear on the Roll of Honour and it is probable that three of these were
brothers to Frank and Sidney – Harry (born 1875, served 3rd Suffolk Regiment), Frederick
(born 1877, served 13th Queens) and Charles (born 1879, served Army Vet Corps).  All three
elder brothers left Trumpington before 1901.   

Arthur Scates

Arthur (1891) was born in Chippenham, but by 1911 the family had moved from Suffolk and
were living in Alpha Terrace.  Arthur was not with them, and census returns show him as a
Journeyman Baker and boarding in Brampton, Hunts.  By 1916 his parents had moved to
Chesterton. His elder brother Frank served in the Suffolk Regiment from 1915 – 1918.

Private (17690) 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, enlisted in Hove. Died of Wounds 19th
November 1916 and is buried in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, Somme.
Newspaper commemoration of “Private H. Scott killed in action.” Source: Trumpington Local History Group.
Harold Scott

A Harold Scott (born 1896) appears in the 1911
census living with his family in Alpha Terrace.  Like
his father, Nathan, he was born in Trumpington and he
is shown as working as a Houseboy Domestic.  The
family appears in the 1891 census, in Alpha Terrace,
but in 1901 the family were in Cherry Hinton.
The CWGC certificate does not show an age, but the
Roll of Honour published in the Parish Magazine does
show Harold Scott serving in the 8th Battalion, Suffolk
Regiment and other records  show him born and  living
in Trumpington.

Private (23750) 8th Battalion Suffolk Regiment.
Killed 26th September 1916, and is commemorated on
the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
Newspaper commemoration of “Private
H. Scott killed in action.” Source:
Trumpington Local History Group.
Arthur Edward Smith

A well-established Trumpington family, both his parents were born here. Arthur was born in
Trumpington in 1883, the eldest of three sons and a distant cousin to the Wilson brothers shown
below.  He worked on the railways and in 1911 was an Acting Fireman, having been an Engine
Cleaner in 1901.  He joined the Army at the end of 1914.  

Sergeant (46129) A Battery, 92nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
Died of Wounds Sept 1917 aged 35.
Buried in Canada Farm Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium.  Most of the burials at Canada Farm are of
men who died at the dressing station there during the 1917 allied offensive.
CWGC shows he is the son of Frederick and Maud Mary Smith, Church Lane, Trumpington.  
He is also commemorated on the family memorial in the Shelford Road, churchyard.

His younger brother, Frederick, was also in the Royal Field Artillery and was a POW whose
release was reported in the Parish Magazine in Feb 1919.

Ernest Stearn

CWGC shows him as the son of James and Emma Stearn, and husband of May Seeley
(formerly Stearn) Church St, Trumpington.   
Ernest Stearn (1888) was born in Trumpington as was his father James (1841). His mother
Emma (1851) was born in West Wratting.   By 1880, the family were living in Whitlocks and so
Ernest was brought up here. At the age of 13 he was an Agricultural Labourer.  His father died in
1897 and in 1901 Ernest was living with his widowed mother and rest of the family. By 1911 the
family had left Trumpington but he was boarding with the Steggles family in Alpha Terrace and
was working as a Cowman.

Private (42279) 2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment.
He died of wounds 28th September 1918 aged 33 and is buried in the Grevillers British
Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

During September 1918 a number of Casualty Clearing Stations were located at the village of
Grevillers and used this cemetery.
Raymond Frank Trigg

The family originally came from Essex and census returns show Raymond was born (1896) in
Littlebury and they moved to Trumpington in 1897/98. The father, William, is variously
described as a Farm Foreman and as Horse Keeper on a farm, whilst Raymond is described as a
House and Garden Boy. CWGC says he is son of Georgina Clark (formerly Trigg), of 83
Weedington Rd, Kentish Town, London, and the late William Trigg and states he was born in

Driver (68887) 29th Division, Ammunition Col., Royal Field Artillery.
Lost at sea 23rd October 1915 aged 19, and commemorated on Mikra Memoria Greece.

The HT “Marquette” was torpedoed and sunk by U35 on 23rd October 1915 in the Aegean Sea,
south of Salonika Bay, carrying the 29th Division Ammunition Column and the New Zealand
stationary hospital to support the allied landings in Salonika.

Three of his brothers also served.  William Thomas (1892) was in the Royal Engineers, Bertram
(1898), who volunteered in Aug 1914, was in 3rd Suffolks and Stanley (1900) was in a training
battalion at the end of the war.
The torpedoed “S.S. Marquette.” Photo, with permission, Jean-Marc Van Ravels.
The torpedoed “S.S. Marquette.” Photo, with permission,
Jean-Marc Van Ravels.
John Whittamore

The identification of this man is uncertain.  The Roll of Honour shows two Whittamores, Alfred
who served in 11th Suffolks and survived, and J (or John) Whittamore who served in the Buffs
and is recorded on the memorial.  In the Parish Record there are a number of entries for the
family of Alfred James, a postman, and his wife Lucy Whittamore, who lived at 51 Alpha
Terrace.  In the Baptism record for a son Percy in 1917, Alfred is shown as a sergeant in the
Suffolks, so he is the first of the Whittamores on the roll.

Identification of John has proved more difficult.  There is only one soldier called Whittamore
recorded in the CWGC records and this is Joseph Whittamore serving in the Queens (Royal East
Kent).  Searching on the alternative spelling of Whitmore gives a number of J and Johns, but
none that seem likely to be the Trumpington man.

There is evidence that Joseph Whitamore is the man recorded on the memorial. In the 1911
census, Joseph is shown as married to Rose and living in Chesterton, Cambridge and the CWGC
records his wife as R Whittamore but living in Bedfordshire. He appears in the War Records of
the Cambridge University Press, where he worked as a compositor and is shown as joining the
Buffs and transferring to the Queen’s.
His recorded date of death is the same as that shown in a list of the fallen in the Parish Magazine
for February 1919 and other army records show his residence as Trumpington.

In spite of the confusion about his first name and his regiment, it does seem probable that this
man is:

Joseph Whittamore
Joseph was the son of William & Emma Whittamore of Stanbridge, Beds, and husband of R
Whittamore of Ramridge End, Stopsley, Luton, Beds.
Private 40007 1st Battalion,. the Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Died of Wounds 8th February 1918.
He is buried at Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France. Mont Huon was a cemetery
for the Le Treport hospital centre.
Whittamore is an unusual name and both Joseph and Alfred appear to have roots in Bedfordshire
but there is no obvious connection between them, although it is likely they are related.  Any
further information will be welcomed by TLHG.

The Wilsons are a well-established Trumpington family with a number of branches.  For this
family, the father Joseph was born in Trumpington, whilst the mother, Emma was born in Great
Shelford.  They lived in Whitlocks Yard.   In 1881 and 1891 Joseph is described as an
Agricultural Labourer.  In 1901 he was a Road Labourer and in 1911 was a Roadman working
for the County Council.  There was a family of four boys and one girl (two other children died in
infancy), all born in Trumpington.
Tombstone of  Private A.C. Wilson, in Trumpington Graveyard. Photo: Arthur Brookes. 2009.
Albert Charles Wilson

CWGC: Albert was the son of Joseph & Emma
Wilson, 7 Whitlocks Yard, Trumpington. The second
Wilson brother, Albert (born 1890), was living with a
widowed aunt in 1911 and he is then described as a

Private (240716) 11th Battalion, Bedfordshire
Transferred to (465546) 660th Agricultural Company,
Labour Corps.
Albert died 4th November 1918. He is buried in
Shelford Road Churchyard, Trumpington.
Tombstone of  Private A.C.
Wilson, in Trumpington Graveyard.
Photo: Arthur Brookes. 2009.
In March 1916, the Parish Magazine reported “We were glad to see Private  Wilson home again
for a short while ago after his long and trying illness from an accidental wound in France.
Though still lame, he was looking wonderfully well and we all hope that in time he will make a
complete recovery.”  
After passing through two battles and charges, he had especially hard luck in being hit “in the
house of his friends”.
The Cambridge Chronicle reports in October 1916 that “Private A C Wilson has been admitted
to hospital suffering from shell shock, contused right elbow and a wound in the back”.  
In April 1917, there is a further report that “We much regret to learn that Private Albert Wilson
has been reported wounded and in hospital; and we trust he will soon make a good recovery.”   
In December 1918 “We offer special sympathy to Mr and Mrs Joseph Wilson who, only a few
days before the death of their son Albert in hospital in Norwich, had heard that another son,
William had been killed in action on September 21st”.
Memorial to Private R Wilson. Cambridgeshire Collection.
Memorial to Private R Wilson.
Cambridgeshire Collection.
and  Robert Wilson

CWGC:  Son of Joseph & Emma Wilson,
Whitlock Building, Trumpington and husband of
Lizzie Wilson of 49 Chapel Rd, Weston Colville,
The eldest son, Robert (born 1885), started work
as a Houseboy and in 1911 was working as a
General Carter and was living, still in Whitlocks,
but with a widowed aunt.

When his death was reported in the press, he was
described as “a well-known cricketer, being a
member of the Trumpington Institute Cricket
Club, and one of the best amateur bowlers in the

Private (13649) 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
He died 1st July 1916, aged 32; the first day of
the Somme.
Robert is buried in Serre Road Cemetery, Somme.
and William Wilson

On leaving school he worked for a family in Chaucer Road, gardening and driving the pony trap.  
In 1911 he appears as a Farm Labourer living with his parents.  

Private  (204534) 5th/6th Combined Battalion, Cameronian (Scottish Rifles).
William died 21st September 1918, and is buried at Meath Cemetery, Villers Guislain, France.  
The service career of William Wilson has been researched by Caroline Burkitt who examined the
names on the Grantchester War Memorial where William is also commemorated.
He enlisted with the Cambridgeshire Regiment with the service No 2596 but was later transferred
to the Cameronians. In 1916 he was serving in France and was badly wounded in the hip.  He
was brought home to hospital in Cheltenham, and whilst on sick leave, on 27th January 1917, he
married Constance, daughter of Robert and Cecilia Fuller of Poplar End, Grantchester. At the
time of her marriage, Constance was in service at Byron’s Lodge working for Mr & Mrs Marsh.  
After the wedding William and Constance moved into Lodge Cottage at the entrance to Manor
Lodge in Grantchester.
William’s hip had been so badly shattered, leaving him with one leg shorter than the other, that
his family were sure he would be able to leave the army, but he was called back again to France.

On 21st September 1918 the 5/6th Scottish Rifles attacked an enemy strongpoint called “Meath
Post” one mile south of the village of Villers-Guislain, after two battalions had failed to capture
it.  The post was taken, but 14 men died in the attack, one of them being William, 132 men were
wounded.  Nine days later the Germans abandoned the position.

The youngest Wilson brother,
Arthur (born 1897), was living with his parents in 1911 and
worked as a Bakers’ Helper. He served in the Cambridgeshire Regiment during the war but
The only Wilson daughter, May R (born 1888), sometimes known as Mary R, was also
widowed during the war. She lived with her parents in 1891, was a Domestic Helper in 1901 still
living in Whitlocks, but by 1911 was employed as a Cook with a well-to-do family in Gresham
Road, Cambridge.  In 1913 she married
Horace James Jeffery, from Great Shelford, in
Trumpington church. Horace served in the London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) and was killed on
1st November 1918, during the “Battle of Sambre,” at the very end of the war, as the allied
armies advanced into Belgium. Whilst not on Trumpington’s memorial, he is remembered at
Great Shelford, where he is named as James Jeffery.
Private James Richard Wilson, “killed
in action August 30th, aged 23”.
Photo: Cambridge Chronicle.
Private James Richard Wilson, “killed in action August 30th, aged 23”. Photo: Cambridge Chronicle.
James Richard Wilson

James was born (1893) in Cherry Hinton, his father was
born in Trumpington and his mother in Cherry Hinton.
He was a distant cousin to the Wilson brothers above
and also to Albert Smith.  Both he and his father were
working in 1911 as Farm Labourers and James is the
only surviving child.

Private (3894) 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Died 30th August 1916, aged 20.
He is buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Somme.
CWGC shows he is the son of George Samuel and
Elizabeth Wilson, of Swan’s Yard, Trumpington.

James died during the Battle of the Somme.  Caterpillar
Cemetery contains 5,569 burials most of which are
reburials from smaller cemeteries around the Somme
Most of the men who are commemorated on the Trumpington War Memorial are buried where
they fell, or if they have no known grave, are recorded on one of the Commonwealth War
Graves Commission memorials.  There are, however, three graves of fallen men in the Shelford
Road cemetery, two of which are family memorials and only one, Albert Wilson, is a CWGC
headstone. Of the three men, Arthur Chaplin and Albert Wilson are also recorded on our
memorial, but the third is not, and for completeness his details are shown below.
The Sopwith Camel.  Photo: author unknown.
Early RAF badge on grave of Gerald Hugh Smyth. Photo, Arthur Brookes. 2009.
The Sopwith Camel.  Photo: author
Early RAF badge on grave of Gerald
Hugh Smyth. Photo, Arthur Brookes.
Gerald Hugh Smyth

He was born in Baldock in 1899 and in 1901 was living
in Chesterton Road, Chesterton and his father was a
land agent. By 1911, the family had moved to The
Laurels, Cavendish Rd, Cherry Hinton.

Second Lieutenant No 2 Fighting School, Royal Air
Force. At 16 he joined the Royal Navy armoured cars
and served in Belgium, France, Russia, Turkey, Galicia
and the Caucasus.  After the 1917 Russian revolution
he obtained a commission in the Royal Naval Air
Service and got his wings in August 1918.  He crashed
six hours before he was due to leave for France.      
He was killed in a flying accident when his Sopwith
Camel stalled and spun from 700 ft.

Gerald died on Thursday 5th September 1918.  He is
buried in the Trumpington Churchyard, Shelford Road.

The RAF was formed in April 1918 by the merger of
the RFC and the RNAS,  Smyth's grave bears a very
early representation of the badge of the RAF.   He is
also commemorated on the war memorials at the Perse
School and in St. John’s, Hills Road.
Trumpington War Memorial from the south east. Photo: Arthur Brookes, 1997.
Trumpington War Memorial from the south east.
Photo: Arthur Brookes, 1997.
Names on the Trumpington War Memorial, 1914-18 and 1939-45.
Frank Mynott. Photo: Josephine Kitson.
Frank Mynott’s grave in Belgium before the CWGC headstone was in place. Photo: Josephine Kitson.