Ramsey Soldiers - E.

The First World War.
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 Notes on soldier.

Earl - Albert

EARL, Albert – Private – 989, 28th Bn.  Australian Infantry Brigade,  Australian Imperial Force.

He was a native of Newmarket, Suffolk, the son of Thomas & Maria EARL of Greenhall, Ramsey, and later of 63 High Street, March, Cambs, emigrated to Australia in 1910 and joined the Army there soon after the War broke out.  He was killed in action in Gallipoli, dying instantly & painlessly when he was hit by shrapnel, on Wednesday, 22nd September 1915, aged 24 years, and is commemorated on the Special Memorial B.55, in the Chalik Dere burial ground (later the Embarkation Pier Cemetery), Turkey, about two miles from Anzac, close to where he was killed.    [Also on memorial inside the Church of St. Peter, March, Cambs]

Pte. Earl, Australian Contingent, Ramsey, Killed.

Edgley - George

EDGLEY, George (‘Samson’), 5th Bn. Northamptonshire Regt.

From Ramsey, son of William Abraham & Minnie (nee WARNETT) EDGLEY, was seriously wounded and lost a leg in France in 1918, while serving with the Northants. Regt.  He died at Peterborough Infirmary, another war victim, in May 1928, aged 33 years, and was buried in Ramsey Cemetery, leaving a widow and a three year old child.  For the last two years of his life, he had been employed as a night watchman at the sugar beet factory at Peterborough.

A RAMSEY SOLDIER’S OPTIMISM.
Pte. George EDGLEY of Ramsey, known to his friends as Samson, has penned the following verses:-


Hurrah for old England, and good luck to her sons.
Who have gone over to France to beat all the Huns:
They all knew their duty to join in the fight
To crush out the powers of darkness for light.
They are doing it well, and the day will soon come
When all of the foe will be on their way home:
They know they are beat, and our prisoners prove
That their boasting now runs in a different groove.

For we moved them at Arras, likewise on the Somme,
And round about Ypres they’ll all soon be gone.
For when British boys start out to attack,
There’s no German living who can hold them back.
But, alas, there are some who’ll never again
Come back to Old England for honour and fame.
But their memory we cherish: they knew how to die:
And we know they have gone to their Maker on High.

And when all is over, let us never forget,
To the boys who have fought, we owe a great debt,
If it wasn’t for them, why, between you and me
You’d never be able to call England free.

Hunts Post – November 1917.

Edgley - G.

Pte. G. Edgley, Northamptonshire Regiment, Ramsey, had his leg amputated.

From a local newspaper - 24th May 1928 – Ramsey Section – A War Victim – The death took place at Peterborough Infirmary [where he had been for over eleven weeks] on Wednesday of George [‘Sampson’] Edgeley, of the Avenue.  He lost a leg in France in 1918, when serving with the 5th Northants. Regiment and for the past two years he had been employed as night watchman in the beet sugar factory at Peterborough.  He was 33 years of age, leaves a widow and three young children.

From a local newspaper - 24th May 1928 – Ramsey Section – A helping hand – A whist drive on behalf of Mr. George Edgley, who was disabled in the war, and had been ill for nearly three months past, was held in the Abbey Rooms on Thursday, May 10th, and as a result the sum of £23-13s. has been handed over to Mrs. Edgley.  Mrs. Oliver organised the drive, and was assisted by Mesdames F. Cox, W. Weekly, C. E. Hobbs, A. Moore and J. Harlock, and Miss N. Mee.  As stated in another paragraph, Mr. Edgley passed away on Wednesday in Peterborough Hospital.

Edgley - William

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

 

Pte. William Edgley, Royal Warwicks, Ramsey, wounded left forearm, in hospital Bethnal Green.

Edwards - Charlie Albert

 

He was one of three sons of Mrs. W. J. Meeks, Forty Feet Bridge, Ramsey, Huntingdonshire.  Pte. Charlie Albert Edwards, R. M .L. I 'HMS 'Challenger' in East Africa. [January 1918.]

Edwards - Cecil William

EDWARDS, Cecil William – Private – 3141, 53rd Bn. Australian Infantry Brigade, Australian Imperial Force.

He was the second son of William and Martha Laura (nee GREENWOOD) EDWARDS of Biggin Lane, Ramsey, had been farming in New South Wales, Australia, for eight years before joining the Australian regiment.  He was killed in action whilst serving with the British Expeditionary Force in France. on Sunday, 23rd September 1917, aged about 29 years, and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate)Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

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Edwards - Ernest John

He was one of three sons of Mrs. W. J. Meeks, Forty Feet Bridge, Ramsey, Huntingdonshire.  Pte. Ernest John Edwards, Suffolks, Prisoner of War in Germany . [January 1918.]

Edwards - Fred

He was one of three sons of Mrs. W. J. Meeks, Forty Feet Bridge, Ramsey, Huntingdonshire.  Pte. Fred Edwards, Suffolks, Wounded and Prisoner of War in Germany . [January 1918.]

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

Australian Imperial Services, Ramsey, Killed.

Ellington - F. From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 – Ellington, F., Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.
Ellington - W. From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 – Ellington, W., Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.
Ellington - F. From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 – Ellington, F., Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.
Ellis - T. P. 22/6/1918 - From a local newspaper - Local War News - Roll of Honour - DIED Gunner T. P. Ellis, Ramsey, R. F. A.   19/10/1918 - From a local newspaper - Local War News - Roll of Honour - WOUNDED Trooper L. P. Ellis, Ramsey.
Emmington - J. R. Pte. J. R. Emmington, Hunts Cyclists, son of Mr and Mrs. G. Emmington, Ramsey St. Marys.  Killed in Action.


R Emmington *1 - 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.

*1 = Two candidates James Robert EMMINGTON or John Robert EMMINGTON. Research continues as both could be the 'R.' included.

Emmington - J. T. From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 – Emmington, J. T., Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.
Elmore - Amos

ELMORE, Amos – Private – 290270, 6th Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

He was born at Ramsey, son of William & Phoebe ELMORE, enlisted at Huntingdon on 4th June 1915.  He was killed in action on Tuesday, 2nd April 1918, aged about 37 years, and was buried in the Gommecourt British Cemetery No. 2, Hebuterne, Pas de Calais, France.  Besides the widow Lydia (nee BURGESS) ELMORE, he also left a five year old daughter Annie, living at Broadalls, Ramsey Fortyfoot.     [Not on Ramsey memorial; on Wistow memorial]

From a local newspaper dated the 20/04/1918 - Pte. Elmore, Beds Regiment, of Wistow Hunts, has been killed din action in France [photo next week].
Emmington - James Robert

EMMINGTON, James Robert – Private – 42141, 1st Bn. Essex Regt.

He was born at Woodwalton, son of John & Ellen Elizabeth (nee CULLIP) EMMINGTON of Ramsey Mereside, enlisted at Huntingdon.  He was killed in action on Tuesday, 26th February 1918, aged about 19 years, and his grave is in the Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Formerly 106210 Hertfordshire Yeomanry.            
Emmington - John Robert

EMMINGTON, John Robert – Private – 39428, 1st Bn. Royal Berkshire Regt.  (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s)

He was born at Ramsey St. Marys on 17th February 1896, the son of George William & Louisa (nee CUMBRIDGE) EMMINGTON of Uggmere Mill, Ramsey St. Marys, was killed in action on Sunday, 17th September 1916, aged 22 years, and his grave is in the Hebuterne Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.    [Also on Ramsey St. Marys memorial]  Formerly 1061 Hunts. Cyclist Bn.  

From a local newspaper of unknown date. Pte. J. R. Emmington, Hunts. Cyclists, son of Mr and Mrs G Emmington, Ramsey St Marys, Killed in France.

The Second World War.
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 Notes on soldier.

EDWARDS, Reginald

 EDWARDS, Reginald– Private – L/2261,  Saskatoon Light Infantry, (M.G.), R.C.I.C.

He was born 16th May 1900, son of George Henry & Julia (nee HARVEY) EDWARDS of 25 Newtown Road, Ramsey, was killed in action on Thursday, 9th December 1943, aged 43 years, and his grave is in the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Chieti, Italy.  He left a widow, Florence (nee LAVENDER) EDWARDS, who he married at Ramsey Church on 24th December 1920, living at Field Terrace, Ramsey.  After serving in the Army during World War I, he emigrated to Canada in 1926.  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.
EMMINGTON, Leonard

EMMINGTON, Leonard – Sergeant – 749032,  99 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He was the son of George William & Louisa (nee CUMBRIDGE) EMMINGTON of Ramsey St. Marys, died in the India Command Hospital at Bombay, after a week’s illness from toxic hepatitus, on Thursday, 14th September 1944, aged 41 years, and his grave is in the Kandy War Cemetery (formerly known as the Pitakande Military Cemetery), Sri Lanka (Ceylon).  He joined the R.A.F. two months before the War started and had been stationed in Ceylon for three years.  Before joining the R.A.F. he had been employed as a fitter’s labourer at the Newall Engineering Co, Peterborough.  Besides the widow, Edith Florence Grace (nee ALLEN) EMMINGTON, he left a 10 year old son, living at 46 St. Leonards Street, Peterborough.    [On Ramsey St. Marys memorial only]  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

   
   
   
   
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