Ramsey Soldiers - G.

The First World War.
 Name  

 Notes on soldier.

Gardner - Joseph K

GARDNER, Joseph K. – Private – 17479,   6th Bn. Northamptonshire Regt.

He was born at Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, son of Edward & Sarah A. GARDNER, enlisted at Peterborough.  He died of wounds at the Dudley Road Military Hospital, Birmingham, on Monday, 15th April 1918, aged 38 years, and was buried in Alconbury churchyard.  Besides the widow, Maud GARDNER, he left a young son Malcolm Charles, aged 3 years. [Also on Alconbury memorial]

Garratt - Leslie Thomas

GARRATT, Leslie Thomas – 2nd Lieutenant, 32nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers.

He was born 24th December 1886, son of Cornelius Horsford & Sarah Ann GARRATT, for many years one of Ramsey’s favourite bakers, of 112 Great Whyte, Ramsey, died of wounds on Monday, 3rd July 1916, and was interred in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.


From an unknown newspaper dated July 8th 1916.    'Casualty Lists' =  The casualty lists of the week tell the following story locally:-  Killed   -   Garret, Second Lieutenant, L. T., Royal Fusiliers, Ramsey.

Gilbert - James

GILBERT, James – Private – 104290, 117th Coy. Machine Gun Corps  (Infantry)

From Ramsey, born at Chatteris, Cambs, son of John & Susan GILBERT, enlisted at Huntingdon on 9th November 1914.  He was killed in action on Monday, 19th November 1917, aged about 22 years, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Besides the widow Rose Annie (nee HODSON) GILBERT who he married at Ramsey on 18th February 1915, he also left a young son, living at Ramsey Hollow.

Formerly G.48481 Royal Fusiliers.

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

Gilding - F.

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

Gipson - G. 12/12/1917 - From a local newspaper - Local War News - Roll of Honour - PRISONERS OF WAR Pte. G. Gipson, Ramsey - no Regt. Given.
Goakes - Albert

GOAKES, Albert – Lance Corporal – 268533, 1st/7th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regt.

He lived at Newtown, Ramsey, son of Thomas & Alice (formerly KNIGHTON, nee MANTERFIELD) GOAKES, enlisted at Huntingdon on 16th November 1914.  After some months on the coast with the Hunts. Cyclists, he was transferred to the Royal Warwicks. and was sent to France.  He was later sent to Italy, where he had been for about a year when he died of influenza & pneumonia at the 24th Casualty Clearing Station on Tuesday, 29th October 1918, aged about 23 years, and was buried in the Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension, in the Province of Vicenza, Italy.  Before joining the Army he played for Ramsey Town Football XI and was the proud possessor of four medals for league and competition football in the county.

Formerly 968 Hunts. Cyclist Bn.

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

From a local newspaper dated the 09/11/1916 - Other Ramsey casualties reported this week are: - Pte. Albert Goakes, Royal Berkshire Regt., son of Mrs. Goakes, Newtown, Ramsey, has died in Italy from influenza.

Godfrey - George William

GODFREY, George William – Private – 19427, 2nd Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

From Ramsey, son of William & Sarah Ann (nee PACK) GODFREY, enlisted at Bedford.  He died of wounds in France on Sunday, 11th November 1917, aged 36 years, and was buried in the British Military Cemetery, Kemmel, Belgium.  Besides the widow Jane Ann GODFREY, he also left a young son Charles William, living at 6 Longlands Yard, Little Whyte, Ramsey.

Goodley - F.

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

Gowler - F. From a local newspaper dated the 26/1/18 - Local War News - Roll of Honour - WOUNDED Sergt. F. Gowler, Ramsey, Beds. Regt.
Gowler - Job

GOWLER, Job – Private – S/244, 1st Bn. East Kent Regt. (The Buffs).

He was born 3rd July 1874, son of Fred & Naomi GOWLER, enlisted at Canterbury, Kent, and was killed in action on Monday, 7th June 1915, aged 40 years, and his grave is in the Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Zillebeke, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  He left a widow, Sarah Jane (nee WIMPRESS) GOWLER, who he married at Ramsey on 23rd July 1897.  This was the second Ramsey man reported to have been killed since the War began.  Pte. GOWLER had four brothers serving in the Army – Pte. Fred GOWLER in the Beds. Regt;  Pte. Sam GOWLER in the Northants. Regt, who had been severely wounded at the Battle of Mons but later returned to the Front;  Driver Jonah GOWLER in the R.F.A, who had been in France since the previous August; and Pte. William GOWLER with the Hunts. Cyclist Bn. at Filey.

Ramsey Man Killed – Pte. Job Gowler, East Kent Regiment, was killed in action on the 7th June. Mr. Job Gowler was a native of Ramsey, and lived for some time in Little Whyte, and was well known about the town. The deceased had four brothers who are serving with the Forces as follows: - Pte. Fred Gowler, 6th Bedford Regt. Pte. Sam Gowler, 1st Northants, severely wounded at battle of Mons, now returned to the front; Johah Gowler, driver R.F.A., in France from last August; and Pte William Gowler, 1st Hunts. Cycle Battalion, now at Filey. This is the second Ramsey man reported killed.

Green - George.

GREEN, George – Private – 18088, 1st Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

From March, Cambs,  born at Godmanchester, enlisted at Peterborough.  He died of wounds on Wednesday, 25th September 1918, aged 45 years, and was buried in the cemetery at March, Cambs.

Greenwood - C. R. From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 – Greenwood, C. R., Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.
Grenwood - E. From a local newspaper dated 24/11/1916 = Huntingdonshire Casualties - The following casualties are officially published:- WOUNDED Pte. E. Greenwood, Ramsey, Beds.
Greenwood - Frank

GREENWOOD, Frank – Private – 30312, 14th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regt.

From Ramsey, son of James & Sarah GREENWOOD, enlisted at Huntingdon on 5th November 1914.  He died of wounds on Monday, 20th May 1918, aged about 32 years, and his grave is in the Morbecque British Cemetery, Nord, France.  Besides the widow, Mrs. Edith GREENWOOD, he also left a son Horace Leslie, aged about ten years, living at 3 Trafalgar Square, Ramsey.  Mr. & Mrs. GREENWOOD had three other sons serving for their country – First Aircraftsman Jabez GREENWOOD in the Royal Naval Air Service, Driver Jack GREENWOOD in the Machine Gun Corps and Pte. Jim GREENWOOD in the Bedfordshire Regt.

Formerly 959 Hunts. Cyclist Bn.

From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 – Greenwood, F., Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.
Greenwood - George Reginald

GREENWOOD, George Reginald – Acting Sergeant – 8941, 2nd Bn. Suffolk Regt.

From Ramsey Heights, son of Richard Stratton & Mary Ann (nee BEDFORD) GREENWOOD, sometime of Stags Holt, March, Cambs, enlisted at Whittlesey.  He was killed in action on Friday, 18th August 1916, aged 21 years, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.    [Not on Ramsey memorial]

Greenwood - H.

From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 – Greenwood, H., Kings Royal Rifles, wounded.

Greenwood - Harry

GREENWOOD, Harry – Private – 203249, ‘C’ Coy. 3/5th Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

He was born 26th December 1893, fourth son of Mr. & Mrs. H. GREENWOOD of Ramsey, died at the Military Hospital at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on Wednesday, 27th June 1917, aged 23 years, and was buried in Ramsey cemetery.  Before joining the Army he was a farm labourer employed by Messrs. MAJOR Brothers of Ramsey. [He was one of four sons of Henry & Mary Ann (nee BRANNEN) GREENWOOD of 10 Field Road, Ramsey who died in WWI.  Their eldest and only remaining son William Henry GREENWOOD was granted exemption(s) from serving in the forces, on the grounds that, although he was married with two children by the time conscription for married men was introduced on 25th May 1916, it was considered that his parents had already suffered enough!]

Greenwood - Herbert

GREENWOOD, Herbert – Private – 12477, 5th Bn. Northamptonshire Regt.

He was born 4th January 1896, fifth and youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. H GREENWOOD of Ramsey, enlisted at Peterborough, and entered the theatre of war in France on 31st May 1915, where he served as a pioneer.  He was killed instantly by a sniper’s bullet at Sailly Labourse, France, on Friday, 25th February 1916, aged 20 years, and was buried in the Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. [He was one of four sons of Henry & Mary Ann (nee BRANNEN) GREENWOOD of 10 Field Road, Ramsey who died in WWI.  Their eldest and only remaining son William Henry GREENWOOD was granted exemption(s) from serving in the forces, on the grounds that, although he was married with two children by the time conscription for married men was introduced on 25th May 1916, it was considered that his parents had already suffered enough!]

Greenwood - J. P.

GREENWOOD, James Patrick – Private – 9829, 1st Bn. King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He was born 3rd September 1889, third son of Mr. & Mrs. H. GREENWOOD of Ramsey, enlisted at Derby, and entered the theatre of war in France on 15th January 1915.  He was killed in action on Saturday, 8th May 1915, aged 25 years, and with no known grave, is commemorated by name on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  The battalion were in the trenches at Friezenberg, when they were heavily shelled and after three massive German attacks, suffered very heavy casualties.   [Shown incorrectly on some army records as James Percival GREENWOOD] James [He was one of four sons of Henry & Mary Ann (nee BRANNEN) GREENWOOD of 10 Field Road, Ramsey who died in WWI.  Their eldest and only remaining son William Henry GREENWOOD was granted exemption(s) from serving in the forces, on the grounds that, although he was married with two children by the time conscription for married men was introduced on 25th May 1916, it was considered that his parents had already suffered enough!]

Greenwood - John

GREENWOOD, John – Private – 9894, 1st Bn. King’s Liverpool Regt.

He was born 1st November 1886, second son of Mr. & Mrs. H. GREENWOOD of Ramsey, enlisted at Warboys, and entered the theatre of war in France on 12th August 1914.  He was killed in action at the Battle of Richbrough, on Sunday, 16th May 1915, aged 28 years, and is commemorated by name on the Le Touret Memorial, which is located in Le Touret Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

[He was one of four sons of Henry & Mary Ann (nee BRANNEN) GREENWOOD of 10 Field Road, Ramsey who died in WWI.  Their eldest and only remaining son William Henry GREENWOOD was granted exemption(s) from serving in the forces, on the grounds that, although he was married with two children by the time conscription for married men was introduced on 25th May 1916, it was considered that his parents had already suffered enough!]

Greenwood - Percival
Greenwood - W.

From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 – Greenwood, 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:- W. Greenwood [Ramsey] Infantry.

The Second World War.
 Name  

 Notes on soldier.

GILDING, Maurice William

GILDING, Maurice William – Warrant Officer/Observer - 562116,  70 Sqdn. Royal Air Force.

He was born 23rd November 1911, younger son of  William Ewart & Mabel Emma (nee HOOKS) GILDING of 37 Field Terrace, Ramsey, was reported missing from air operations in the Middle East in September 1942, and he died on Tuesday, 22nd September 1942, aged 31 years, after a nine-day struggle to reach safety after his aircraft made a forced landing in the remote Qattara Depression in Egypt.  His remains (confirmed by his identity discs) were found after the War - by a party of American oilmen – and were buried in the El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt.  Mr. & Mrs. GILDING’s elder son Alec Rupert GILDING was also on active service in the R.A.F.      [Also on Ramsey Grammar School memorial]  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

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.

GREENWOOD, Cyril James

GREENWOOD, Cyril James – Private – 14568800,   1/6th Bn. The Queen’s Royal Regt (West Surrey)

He was the youngest son of John William & Rose (nee TOWNSEND) GREENWOOD of 18 Newtown Road, Ramsey, went out to Normandy on the 7th June 1944 (the day after ‘D-Day’).  He was killed in action there on Tuesday, 8th August 1944, aged 19 years, and was buried in the Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France.  The town of Bayeux, in Normandy, was the first French town of importance to be liberated from the Germans in June 1944.  Before joining up he was employed by the Central Meat Co, Ramsey, and for a short time with Bury Transport Co.  Mr. & Mrs. GREENWOOD had two other sons serving:  Ken GREENWOOD who was a Petty Officer in the Royal Navy, and Jack GREENWOOD a corporal (military policeman) in the R.A.F. He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.
GREENWOOD, Howard Gordon

GREENWOOD, Howard Gordon – Driver – T/328731,  Royal Army Service Corps, attd. 42nd Lt. Anti-Aircraft Regt., Royal Artillery.

He was the fourth son of Bertie & Martha GREENWOOD of 131 Great Whyte, Ramsey, died on Sunday, 5th August 1945, aged 25 years, and was buried in the Labuan (a small island in Brunei May, off the coast of north-west Borneo) War Cemetery, Malasia.  He died while being held a prisoner-of-war in Kuching Camp, Sarawak, Borneo, where he had been held for three and a half years.  He left a widow, Kathleen May GREENWOOD, living at Brockley, London. He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

   
   
   
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