|Trumpington Local History Group
Trumpington's Fallen Heroes of
World War I
|Copyright © Trumpington Local History Group, 2015. Updated 6 May 2015.
|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.
|The unveiling of the War Memorial, December 1921. From a
photograph used by Percy Robinson during lectures in the 1920s-1940s.
|Memorial in Trumpington
graveyard to Captain Arthur
Hugh Bates Chaplin. Photo:
Arthur Brookes, 2009.
|Company Sergeant Major
Chapman. Photo: Cambridgeshire
|The south, north
and east faces of
the War Memorial.
|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 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 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
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
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.
and 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 (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.
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
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.
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 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
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.
|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,
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
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.
|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
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.
|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
|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.