Ramsey Soldiers - B.

The First World War.
 Name  

 Notes on soldier.

Baker - Edward  “FROM THE TRENCHES OF 1914”


There’s a dear little town in England place where I was born.
I can see my brothers and sisters,
Where I’ve slept, played and sworn
But, now in a land across the sea,
With my rifle, bayonet and pack,
I will fight till the last for my country
And try to keep the enemy back.

I have marched, I have slept, on the roadside.
I had comrades, I no more shall see.
But, if I live to get back to dear Old Ramsey,
How happy, how pleased, I shall be.

This moving little poem was sent during the 1914-18 War to Mrs. E. SMITH of Oakland's Avenue, Wistow, by her brother Ted – Private Edward BAKER was serving in the Bedfordshire Regt.

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THE REST IS UP TO YOU.

We have heard our country calling, And we have shouldered each our arms.

When the bugles rang out wildly, From the hillsides and the farms.

We are fighting to the finish, We are going to see it through.

We will do our best in battle, But the rest is up to you.

 

We have donned the khaki breeches, We have picked up belt and gun.

In the cause of right and freedom, We’ll no tyrant fear or shun.

We have left you for a reason, While we teach the Hun whose who.

Leave our homes, friends and loved ones, And that’s where it’s up to you.

 

There’ll be hearts all torn and broken, With the anguish and the gain.

For the loved ones lost forever, For the boys in battle slain.

And we Tommies will be fighting, Far across the ocean blue.

We’ll need food, clothes, ammunitions, That’s the work that’s up to you.

 

With the slackers and the traitor, Who would stab us in the back.

For our hands are surely busy, Setting William off his track.

We’ve a great big job before us, That is everybody’s view.

Stand behind us in the struggle, It’s the thing we ask of you.

 

So put strikes far from you, Join with willing heart and hand.

Till again the gentle peace dove, Shall wing forth o’er every land.

Let your efforts be unceasing, For the cause is grand and true.

Then we’ll not be disappointed, With the jobs we left for you.

A poem from Ted Baker of Ramsey,1st. Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.   4th February 1918.

Baker [Brothers] From an unknown newspaper dated June 25th 1915 = 'Four Ramsey Brothers'
These are the four sons of Mr. and Mrs Robert Baker, of Bury, Hunts., three of whom went out with the Expeditionary Force, and the other is now at Land guard, Felixstowe.
They are as follows:-
1- Sergeant Robert Baker, 10014, B Company, Bedford Regiment, British Expeditionary Force, France.
2- Private Ed. Baker, 9964, C Company, Headquarters, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment, 2nd Army Corps, British Expeditionary Force, France.
3- Corporal Herbert Baker, 9670, C Company, 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment, 5th Division, in France. Has been home wounded; since returned to the front.
4- Private Harry Baker, 5th Company, No. 20632, 1st Platoon, Landguard, Felixstowe.
Baker - H. From a local newspaper dated 18/8/1916 - Huntingdonshire Casualties - The following casualties appear in the official lists:- WOUNDED Pte. H. Baker, Ramsey, Northampton's.
Baldock - E.

From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 - Baldock, E., Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.

Barnes - Archibald Southwell

BARNES,  Archibald Southwell – Private – 13501, 2nd Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

He was the son of George & Sarah Jane (nee SOUTHWELL) BARNES of Ramsey St. Marys, enlisted at Huntingdon on the day that War was declared, having previously worked with his father as a small-holder.  He was gassed and after he recovered returned to the Front, and was killed in action on Wednesday, 25th August 1915, aged 21 years.  His grave is in the Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas de Calais, France.     [Also on Ramsey St. Marys memorial]

Pte A. S. Barnes, Poisoned and now Killed.  Extract from newspaper September 1915.  Bedfordshire Regiment, so of Mr and Mrs M Barnes, who was Killed in Action August 25th 1915 after previously being gassed.

From a local newspaper dated September 25th 1915 - Poisoned and now, alas! Killed.   Private A. S. Barnes, Bedfordshire Regiment, son of Mr and Mrs M. Barnes, Ramsey St. Marys, was killed in action on August 25th, having previously recovered from gas poisoning.


From a local newspaper dated September 9th 1915 - Ramsey Soldier Killed.  Pte. A. S. Barnes, [21], son of Mr and Mrs G. Barnes, Smallholder of Ramsey St. Marys, with hem he worked before enlisting. Joined the Beds. on war breaking out, was gassed an recovered. Killed in action on August 25th. His sister lives at Godmanchester.

Bassett - Percy Nicholas

BASSETT,  Percy Nicholas – Private – G.12641, 8th Bn. East Kent Regt.  (The Buffs)

He was born at Ramsey, son of John Allen & Elizabeth (nee SCOTT) BASSETT of 6 Scott's Row, Newtown, Ramsey, died at the No. 3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station from serious chest wounds on Sunday, 12th August 1917, aged about 20 years.  His grave is in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

East Kent Regt. [Buffs] Killed in action - chest wounds.

Baxter - S. W.

From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 1915 - Baxter, S. W., Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.

Bedford - A. From a local newspaper dated 22/9/1916 - Huntingdonshire Casualties - The following casualties appear in the official lists:- KILLED Pte. A. Bedford, Ramsey St. Mary's, Cyclist Company.
Bedford - Arthur Luke

BEDFORD,  Arthur Luke – Private – 20719, 1st/5th Bn. (Territorial) Royal Warwickshire Regt.

He was born 19th July 1894, third son of Luke & Sarah BEDFORD of Gore Common, Ramsey St. Marys, had been in France for only five weeks when he was killed in action.  He died while taking part in an attack to recapture one of the trenches on Wednesday, 23rd August 1916, aged 22 years, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.   [Also on Ramsey St. Marys memorial]

Formerly 251 Hunts. Cyclist Bn.

Bedford - G. W.

From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 - Bedford, G. W., Regulars.

'The Roll of Honour' = From an unknown newspaper dated January 8th 1915.
Appended is a list of recruits who have joined various branches of His Majesty's Army during the past three weeks through the Huntingdon Recruiting Office, 5, Ermine Street:-  G. W. Bedford [Ramsey] Infantry.

Beesley - Edward George

BEESLEY,  Edward George – Private – 23397, 5th Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

He was born at Stamford, Lincolnshire,  only son of Joseph & Eliza Ann (nee GUNTON) BEESLEY of 4 Palmers Yard, Great Whyte, Ramsey, enlisted at Bedford, was wounded twice in France, and again returned to the Front.  He was drowned in the sinking of the ARAGON on Sunday, 30th December 1917, aged 22 years, and is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, Alexandria, Egypt.  The Hired Transport ARAGON was torpedoed while entering the harbour of Alexandria, the Master & 18 of the crew lost their lives, and the bodies of no fewer than 380 soldiers were not recovered.

Beeton - Roy

Roy BEETON, R.A.F. - His name was inscribed on the original Wooden tablet in Sports Pavilion on Playing Field at Ramsey Grammar School. This memorial tablet is now located in the main Abbey building.  This Pavilion was given to the School by Old Grammarians in proud and lasting memory of the fifteen Old Boys who lost their lives in World War II.

Behagg - John Lewis

BEHAGG,  John Lewis – Private – 27578, 9th Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

He was born at Pondersbridge, son of George & Mary Ann BEHAGG of Wood Lane, Ramsey Fortyfoot, died suddenly at Eden Hall V.A.D. Hospital from acute pneumonia on Tuesday, 9th May 1916, aged 25 years, and was buried in the churchyard of the Holy Trinity Church, Mark Beech, Kent.

Bellamy - Cecil Claude

From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 - Bellamy, C. C. Corpl., 4th Beds.

BELLAMY,  Claude Cecil – Sergeant – 15169, 4th Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

From Ramsey, born at Stafford, son of Walter & Annie BELLAMY, volunteered for service at the outbreak of the War, was promoted to Lance Corporal in December, corporal in February 1915, and went out to France in March.  By July 1915, he had been in hospital at the Boulogne Base, suffering from a severe attack of fever, from which he had recovered and was sent to convalesce at Sittingbourne, Kent.  He returned to the Front for a second time in July 1916, and was killed in action on Tuesday, 24 April 1917, aged about 23 years, and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, which is located in the Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France.  He left a widow.   [Also on Pondersbridge memorial]

Berridge - J. W.

From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 - Berridge, J. W., Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.

Berridge - Sidney Saunders

BERRIDGE,  Sidney Saunders – Private – 39292,    1st Bn. Royal Berkshire Regt.  (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s)

He was the son of Henry & Mary Elizabeth (nee INGRAM) BERRIDGE of 8 Little Whyte, Ramsey, was killed in action on Monday, 4th September 1916, aged about 18 years, and was buried in the Hebuterne Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.  Formerly 136 Hunts. Cyclist Bn.

Bishop - John Thomas

BISHOP,  John Thomas – Private – 20605, 6th Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

From Ramsey, born at Upwood, the son of David & Maria BISHOP, was killed in action on Thursday, 4th May 1916, aged about 36 years, and was buried in the Bien-villers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.  He left a widow Louisa Malinda BISHOP and a young family, sometime living at 18 Askew Row, Swavesey, Cambs.   [Not on Ramsey memorial;  on Benwick (Cambs) memorial]

Bowd  H.

From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 - Bowd, H., Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.

Bowyer - E. N.

From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 - Bowyer, E. N., Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.

Bowyer - Harold

BOWYER,  Harold – Rifleman – 47467, 11th Bn. King’s Royal Rifle Corps  (Queen Victoria’s Rifles).

He was the fourth son of Nun & Elizabeth BOWYER of 43 Field Terrace, Ramsey, died on Sunday, 9th February 1919, from an illness contracted while serving on the Western Front, aged 19 years.  He died while spending fourteen days leave at his parents home, and was buried in Ramsey Cemetery.

Formerly 395442 9th Bn. London Regt.

Braybrooke - William

Pte. William Braybrooke, Canadians, Ramsey, Returned Prisoner of War.

Brewin - John George

BREWIN,  John George – Private – 9878, 1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regt.

From Ramsey, born at Spalding, he enlisted at Northampton and entered the theatre of war on 12th November 1914.  He was killed in action on Sunday, 9th May 1915, and is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.   [Also on Ramsey St. Marys memorial]

Bristow - Marenza

BRISTOW,  Marenza – Lance Corporal – 20766.  M.M. ,2nd Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

He was born at Holme, son of John Thomas & Rose (nee CORNEY) BRISTOW, enlisted at Bedford.  He was killed in action on Thursday, 22nd August 1918, aged 24 years, and was buried in the Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.  As well as his widow, Agnes Annie BRISTOW, he left two young children, living at Rays Drove, Lotting Fen, Ramsey Heights.  His brother, Pte. John George BRISTOW, joined the Army in 1916 and was wounded.    [Also on Ramsey St. Marys memorial]

Britten - Ernest George From a local newspaper dated the 02/03/1918 - Signaller E. Britten, R. N. D, of Ramsey, who was reported as seriously wounded in France last week, has died in hospital at the base, at the age of 24?. Our sympathies go out to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Britten, in their bereavement.

From a local newspaper dated the 23/3/1918 - Signaller Ernest Britten, R.N.D., son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Britten, Ramsey, was dangerously wounded last Saturday, and is now lying in hospital in France.

BRITTIN,  Ernest George – Able Seaman/Signaller – R/4927, Hood Bn.  Royal Naval Division,  Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

He was the son of Henry & Mary Ann BRITTIN of 7 Field Terrace, Ramsey, was dangerously wounded and died in a base hospital a few days later on Sunday 17th February 1918, aged 23 years.  His grave is in the Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, France.

Bull - Arthur Reginald From a local newspaper dated 13/10/1916 - Huntingdonshire Casualties - The following casualties appear in the official lists:- WOUNDED Pte. A. Bull, Ramsey, Beds. Regt.

BULL,  Arthur Reginald – Driver/Private – 123756, 60th Howitzer Battery, Royal Field Artillery.

He was born at Banbury, Northants, eldest son of the Revd. Henry BULL (Pastor of the Salem Chapel) and Winifred Kate BULL of The Chestnuts, Bury Road, Ramsey, enlisted at Biggleswade.  He died of dysentery in the No. 2 British General Hospital, Amara (Mesopotamia), on Monday, 7th May 1917, aged 20 years and was buried in the Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.  Previous to joining the Army, he had been a clerk for the G.N.R.

Bull - Walter J.

BULL,  Walter J. – Private – 30986, Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line  (incl. Yeomanry and

Imperial Camel Corps),  Bedfordshire Yeomanry.

He was the son of James & the late Elizabeth (nee CROUCH) BULL of Midfetter, Ramsey Mereside, was killed in action after two years service, on the night of Monday, 26th March 1917, aged about 27 years, and was buried in the Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France.  He died on the way to the dressing station after being badly wounded, especially in the legs, by a shell.

Burgess - John

BURGESS,  John – Private – 60026.  M.M. , 26th Bn. Royal Fusiliers (City of London)

He was born at Waybridge, Alconbury,  youngest son of Thomas & Hannah BURGESS of Ramsey Fortyfoot, received the Military Medal on 17th June 1917 for bravery on the battlefield.  Having almost reached Bologne on his way home for a well earned rest, he was recalled to the Front and, almost in his first engagement, was seriously wounded.  He died of wounds at a base hospital in France on Monday, 1st April 1918, aged 29 years, and was buried in the Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No. 1, Somme, France.   [Also on Ramsey Fortyfoot memorial]

Formerly 6253 Bedfordshire Regt.  Formerly 269114 Hertfordshire Regt.

From a newspaper article dated 21st July 1917 - He was 'Ramsey Medallist' Private John Burgess, Fusiliers, of Forty Foot Bridge, Ramsey, was awarded the Military Medal for message carrying under heavy fire [and his Colonel's thanks] after being wounded on June 7th 1917.


J [John] Burgess M.M. - His name appears on the Ramsey Fortyfoot memorial. This memorial is now located in the new Village hall, prior to that it could be found in the church of St Felix, that used to stand near to that site. 
IN MEMORIAM - GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS - THE GREAT WAR - 1914-1918.

Burton - Ernest Alfred

BURTON,  Ernest Alfred – Trooper – 1502, Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (including Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps), 1/1st Bn. Norfolk Yeomanry.

He was born 16th December 1893 at Whittlesey, youngest son of William & Amy (nee ROSE) BURTON of Mere House, Ramsey Fortyfoot, and later of 35 Princes Gardens, Peterborough, was educated at March Grammar School.  After leaving school he joined Barclays Bank at Whittlesey and later at Wisbech.  At the outbreak of the War he enlisted at Wisbech and was sent to the Dardenelles in September 1914.  He died on the morning of Sunday, 5th December 1915, aged 21 years, and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, which stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey.  He was killed as he was sorting signalling stores, and a shell burst on the ridge behind him.  The shrapnel came through the ‘waterproof’ that was serving as a roof, hitting him in the back of the head and he died twenty minutes later.  The same shell that killed him, killed another man and wounded others, and a man from Wisbech was killed by a stray bullet while attending the funeral of Trooper BURTON.      [Also on Ramsey Fortyfoot & March Grammar School memorials]

Burton - George

BURTON,  George – Private – 43028, 6th Bn. Northamptonshire Regt.

He lived at Great Whyte, Ramsey, born on 24th December 1887 at Wistow,  son of George W. & Elizabeth BURTON, enlisted at Huntingdon.  He entered the theatre of war in France on 30th August 1915, and was killed in action on Wednesday, 14th March 1917, aged 31 years, and his grave is in the Adanac (name formed by reversing ‘Canada’) Military Cemetery, Miraumont, Somme, France.  He left a widow Alice BURTON and three sons.  Formerly 19439 Bedfordshire Regt.

Burton - Nelson Charles

BURTON,  Nelson Charles – Private – 39221, 9th Bn. Norfolk Regt.

He was born at Whittlesey,  the fifth son of William & Amy (nee ROSE) BURTON of Mere House, Ramsey Fortyfoot, was educated at March Grammar School.  He joined the Army in July 1918, and had been in France for only three weeks when he was wounded and admitted to No. 47 Casualty Clearing Station at Vermant with a wound to the left foot and also the right leg, which was so very badly smashed that it had to be amputated.  He died two days later at 1a.m. on Friday, 25th October 1918, aged 26 years, and was buried in the Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy, Aisne, France.  This was the second son of Mr. & Mrs. BURTON who had been killed in the war, and two more sons were still serving.  [Also on Ramsey Fortyfoot & March Grammar School memorials]

N [Nelson Charles] Burton - His name appears on the Ramsey Fortyfoot memorial. This memorial is now located in the new Village hall, prior to that it could be found in the church of St Felix, that used to stand near to that site.  IN MEMORIAM - GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS - THE GREAT WAR - 1914-1918.

Butler - George Henry

BUTLER,  George Henry (Harry), Royal Fusiliers.

He was the eldest son of George & Martha BUTLER of Middlemoor, Ramsey St. Marys, joined the Royal Fusiliers under the Derby Scheme in August 1916.  He was sent to France, but about four months later was back in England again, suffering from shell shock and concussion, and was being moved to a base hospital when the ambulance was struck by an enemy shell and completely wrecked, and he was then taken to a hospital in Manchester, where he remained in an unconscious condition for ten days.  On his recovery, he returned home, and was discharged from the Army in March 1918.  Prior to joining the Army, he was employed as a clerk by Messrs. Serjeant & Son (Solicitors) of Ramsey.  After his discharge, he was a member of the Hunts. War Pensions Committee, and also a prominent member of the local branch of The Discharged Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Federation.  He died at his home in St. Marys Road, Ramsey, on Tuesday, 21st June 1921, aged 29 years, and was buried in Ramsey Cemetery, leaving a widow Martha Elizabeth (nee TAYLOR) BUTLER, who he married at Ramsey Church on 9th June 1915,  and one young child.

   
The Second World War.
 Name  

 Notes on soldier.

BARLOW, Wilfred Raymond

BARLOW, Wilfred Raymond –

Aircraftman, 2nd Class – 1173074 – He served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve only son of Horace Henry & Elsie BARLOW of Bridge House, Ramsey St. Marys, was killed as a result of enemy action while on duty in London on the night of Friday, 25th October 1940, aged 20 years, and was buried in the churchyard at Ramsey St. Marys.  He enlisted in July and had spent the previous week-end on short leave with his parents and his fiancée, Miss Elsie BRADSHAWE.  Previous to enlistment in July 1940, he was an apprentice to Mr. Norman SMITHDALE, motor engineers, of Ramsey St. Marys.  [Also on Ramsey St. Marys memorial]  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

Wilfred Horace Raymond BARLOW,  1173074 Aircraftman 2nd Class, RAFVR. Died 26-10-40, age 20. Son of Horace Henry & Elsie Barlow, Ramsey St Mary. Ramsey St Mary Churchyard, Cambs.

BEDFORD, Jack

BEDFORD, Jack – Lance Corporal – 5882886 – He served with the 1st Bn. Cambridgeshire Regt, Suffolk Regt. Youngest son of George William & Jane BEDFORD of 50 The Avenue, Ramsey, who was taken prisoner at Singapore and had been in a prison camp in Thailand, was later reported “missing at sea” when the transport in which he was being conveyed from Thailand to the Japanese mainland was sunk.  He is believed to have died on Thursday, 21st September 1944, aged 30 years and is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, which stands in the Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore, with 3711 comrades.  The cemetery is located very high up north of the city of Singapore and his name appears on Column 57 of the memorial. Before being called up at the beginning of the War, he was in the Territorial Army, had worked as a bricklayers labourer on the construction of the surrounding aerodromes, and was at one time employed by Mr. COX of March, Cambs.  L/Cpl. BEDFORD left a widow Evelyn BEDFORD and two young children, the youngest of whom he had never seen, living at Chain Bridge, March.  [Also on March memorial]  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

BEETON - Roy

Roy BEETON, R.A.F. - His name was inscribed on the original Wooden tablet in Sports Pavilion on Playing Field at Ramsey Grammar School. This memorial tablet is now located in the main Abbey building.  This Pavilion was given to the School by Old Grammarians in proud and lasting memory of the fifteen Old Boys who lost their lives in World War II.

BEETON, Wilfred Roy

BEETON, Wilfred Roy – Sergeant – 1359941 – He served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve born 26th April 1912, son of Wilfred & Elsie Amelia (nee CARTER) BEETON, was in business on his own account before joining the R.A.F.  A wireless operator/air gunner attached to a Bomber Squadron, he was killed in action on the night of Saturday, 17th January 1942, aged 29 years, and was buried in the Old Cemetery, Fletton.  He left a widow Beatrice Mary (nee WELHAM) BEETON and two young children, living at East Bergholt, Suffolk.  [Also on Ramsey Grammar School memorial]  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

Beeton - Roy.

Roy BEETON, R.A.F. - His name was inscribed on the original Wooden tablet in Sports Pavilion on Playing Field at Ramsey Grammar School. This memorial tablet is now located in the main Abbey building.  This Pavilion was given to the School by Old Grammarians in proud and lasting memory of the fifteen Old Boys who lost their lives in World War II.

BOWD, Lawrence William

BOWD, Lawrence William – Sergeant/Air Gunner – 3005645 – He served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve elder son of Ernest & Hilda Nellie BOWD of South View, Ramsey Fortyfoot, was killed as a result of a flying accident in Devonshire while on active service, on Tuesday 12th September 1944, aged 20 years, and was buried in Ramsey Cemetery.  He had been in the R.A.F. for eleven months and had completed many hours flying time and was due to take some leave on the Saturday following the accident. After leaving school, he served his apprenticeship with Messrs. BATEMAN & Co, motor engineers of Ramsey, and had been a member of the A. T. C. and the Home Guard.  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

BREEZE, Ernest William

BREEZE, Ernest William – Private – 5882375, 2nd Bn. Northamptonshire Regt. 

He was the son of George & Elizabeth (nee GRAY) BREEZE of 8 Woodstone Terrace, Ramsey, who had been reported missing since the Dunkirk evacuation, was killed in action on the Western Front, on Tuesday, 4th June 1940, aged about 32 years, and was buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.  Being a Reservist, he was recalled immediately at the outbreak of the War.  Prior to the present War, he had served in India for seven years and Egypt for one year.  He left a widow Vera Mabel Mary (nee BASSETT) BREEZE, who he had married at Ramsey on 29th April 1939, and a young son Michael, living at Newtown Road, Ramsey.  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

BULLEN, Albert John William

BULLEN, Albert John William – Driver – 14271857, 6th Tank Brigade, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. 

He was the son of William James & Alice BULLEN of Hilgay, Norfolk, died on Saturday, 24th June 1944, aged 34 years.  The 6th Guards Tank Brigade Workshop was stationed between Lenham & Charing, and Driver BULLEN and some other of his Brigade comrades were killed by a flying bomb, and were buried in the cemetery at Lenham, Kent.  Besides the widow Martha Evelyn Victoria (nee POTTS) BULLEN, who he married at Ramsey on 4th July 1938, he left a young daughter Barbara Ann, living at Hemingways Yard, Great Whyte, Ramsey.  Prior to joining the Army, he was employed as a butcher at the Ramsey branch of the Peterborough Co-operative Society.   He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

BUTLER, Thomas Sidney

BUTLER, Thomas Sidney – Serjeant – 5882787, 15 Battery, 6th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regt, Royal Artillery. 

He was born 16th May 1915, eldest son of Thomas George BUTLER, who had served as a Gunner in the R.F.A. during W.W.I. & Charlotte Ann (nee TIBBLES) BUTLER of Wellington House Farm, Ramsey St. Marys, had been a prisoner-of-war in Japanese hands for more than two years.  He died on Saturday, 9th December 1944, aged 29 years, and his grave is in the Djakarta (Jakarta) War Cemetery, Menteng Poeloe, Java, Indonesia.  He left a widow Gertrude Phyllis BUTLER, living at Sampford Brett, Somerset.    [Also on Ramsey St. Marys memorial]   He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

   
Associated Information.
 Name   Notes on person.
Bell - Ruby Joan Rosher

Research by Joan Whitwell = No list of names commemorating the people of Ramsey who died as a cause that could be attributed to the two World Wars would be complete without the mention of those who lost their lives when an enemy aircraft dropped four high-explosive bombs on Ramsey Town at 23.12p.m. on Saturday night, 22nd August 1942.  Bombs completely demolished two houses, and many others were so badly damaged by the blasts that the occupants had to be evacuated.  Other buildings, including the Methodist Chapel, the Council School and the Telephone Exchange, were also damaged.

Miss Ruby Joan Rosher BELL, aged 31 years, the elder daughter of Ralph McLain & Anne BELL of 34 Field Terrace, was killed in the blast damaged home of her aunt, Mrs. Mary Ann ROSHER, and was buried in Ramsey cemetery.  She had been a teacher at Ramsey Fortyfoot village school, and a voluntary helper in the report centre.

   
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