Ramsey Soldiers - P.

The First World War.
 Name  

 Notes on soldier.

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

PALMER, Percy – Hunts. Cyclist Bn.

He lived at 77 Great Whyte, Ramsey, enlisted on 9th November 1914, and was discharged from the Army in March 1917.  He died due to an infection caught while serving in ‘France & Flanders’, and was buried in Ramsey cemetery on 6th December 1918, aged 22 years.

Palmer - William Henry

PALMER, William Henry – Private – 16383, 11th Bn. (Cambs) Suffolk Regt.

He was born at Ramsey, son of Frederick & Martha A. PALMER, enlisted at Whittlesey.  He was killed in action on Saturday, 1st July 1916, aged about 26 years, and buried in the Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France.  He left a widow Mabel (nee LILLEY) PALMER who he married at Pondersbridge on 7th June 1915.      [Not on Ramsey memorial;  on Farcet & Pondersbridge memorials]

Papworth - Arthur

Private – 5885217   =  2nd Bn. Lincolnshire Regt.

He was the fourth son of Walter & Louisa PAPWORTH of 20 Council Houses, Ramsey Mereside, died of wounds received when he was bayoneted in hand to hand fighting at Le Havre, France, leaving a widow Joyce PAPWORTH.  He died on Monday, 7th August 1944, aged 23 years, and his grave is in the Vaudry Churchyard, Calvados, France.  He was one of 51 British soldiers (14 of them from the Lincolnshire Regt), fighting to free the little village of Vaudry in northern France, two months after the Allied invasion.

Papworth - Charles

PAPWORTH, Charles – Private – 26604,   11th Bn. East Lancashire Regt.

He was born 5th June 1877, son of William & Ann PAPWORTH of Ramsey Hollow, enlisted at Blackburn, Lancs.  He was killed in action in France on Friday, 12th April 1918, aged 40 years, and is commemorated on Memorial 25 in the Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery (Estaires Convent Cemetery), La Gorgue, Nord, France.

Papworth - J. From a local newspaper dated 25/8/1916 - Huntingdonshire Casualties - The following casualties appear in the official lists:- WOUNDED Pte. A. Mee, Beds. Regt.  [J. Papworth]

Parker - Charles William

From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 – Parker, C. W., Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.   From a local newspaper dated 3/11/1916 - Huntingdonshire Casualties - The following casualties appear in the official lists:- MISSING Pte. C. W. Parker, Ramsey, Warwicks.

PARKER, Charles William – Private – 30224,         12th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regt.

born at Ramsey,  son of Charles & Betsy (nee EDGELEY) PARKER of 14 Station Road, Ramsey, enlisted at Huntingdon on 9th November 1914.  He was killed in action on Sunday, 3rd September 1916, aged about 26 years, and his grave is in the Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France.  Formerly 1003 Hunts. Cyclist Bn.

Parker - Sam

PARKER, Sam – Private – 8875,   2nd Bn. Northamptonshire Regt.

From Ramsey, born at Sheffield, son of Robert & Maria PARKER, sometime of 7 Setchfields Yard, Church Street, Whittlesey, was killed in action on Sunday, 14th March 1915, aged 23 years, and is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.    [Also on Whittlesey memorial]

Pedley - Thomas

PEDLEY, Thomas – Private – 425197, 27th Bn. Canadian Infantry  (Manitoba Regt)

born at Holme (Daintree Farm, Ramsey St. Mary’s), son of Thomas & Jane (nee ELY) PEDLEY, of Plantation Farm, Benwick, was reported missing and since presumed to have died on Tuesday, 25th June 1918, aged 40 years, and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.  He left a widow Louisa Ann (nee ROSE) PEDLEY who he had married at Benwick, Cambs, on 21st November 1904, and a young son Thomas William, aged about 10 years, living at Hollow Head, Ramsey Fortyfoot.    [Also on Ramsey Fortyfoot & Benwick memorials] T [Thomas] Pedley - 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.

Pedley - William Harold

PEDLEY, William Harold – Ordinary Seaman – RN.J/85356, H.M.S. BENBOW, Royal Navy

He was born 25th May 1900 at Plantation Farm, Benwick, Cambs, son of Mrs. Sarah Jane (nee PEDLEY) GREENWOOD of 1 Princes Street, Ramsey, died shortly after spending a few days leave with his family.  He died of influenza and pneumonia on Tuesday, 25th February 1919, at the Royal Naval Hospital, East Stonehouse, Portsmouth, aged 18 years, and was buried in Ramsey cemetery.    [Also on Benwick memorial]

Pepper - John Henry

Pte. J. Pepper, 7th Beds. Regiment, Ramsey, Killed.

PEPPER, John Henry– Private – 19564,    7th Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

of Great Whyte, Ramsey, born at Padley, Lincs, son of Mr. & Mrs. George PEPPER, enlisted at Huntingdon, and had been in the Army for about eighteen months, and in France for only six months, when he was killed in action.  He died during a great offensive, when he was wounded by a piece of shrapnel piercing his lung, killing him almost immediately, on Sunday, 25th June 1916, aged 33 years, and his grave is in the Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme, France.  Besides the widow Martha (nee TEESON) PEPPER, he also left four young children.

From an unknown newspaper dated July 8th 1916  -  'Casualty Lists' = The casualty lists of the week tell the following story locally:-   Killed    =  Pepper, Private John, Beds. Regiment, Ramsey.

Pettit - Cecil George

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

PETTITT, Cecil George – Lance Corporal – 307716, 1/8th Territorial Bn, Royal Warwickshire Regt.

He was the son of George & Mary Ann Rebecca (nee STACEY) PETTITT of Gull House, St. Marys Road, Ramsey, enlisted at Huntingdon on 5th November 1914.  He was killed in action on Thursday, 27th August 1917, aged about 22 years, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Formerly 960 Hunts. Cyclist Bn.

Pettit - G. [or C.] H.

From a local newspaper dated 1918. Pte. G. H. Pettit, KSLI, Ramsey, wounded and gassed.

Pettit - John Thomas

Northamptonshire Regiment, Ramsey, Discharged from service.

PETTITT, John Thomas , 5th Bn. Northamptonshire Regt.

He was the son of John & Jane Ann PETTITT of Rossendale House, Blenheim Road, Ramsey, entered the theatre of war in France in August 1914, and had served there for about two years when he was gassed and shell buried, and was discharged from the Army because of ill health in September 1916.  After a long wasting illness contracted at the Front, he died at Papworth Hall Consumption Sanitorium, Cambs, on Friday, 18th April 1919, aged 24 years, and was buried in Ramsey cemetery.  He had been a Special Reserve for two years before the War broke out.

Pettit - T.

T PETTITT -  possibly Thomas, 29727 Pte, 7th Bedfordshire Rgt. Killed in action 10-8-17. Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium.      Research continues.

Pickard - William

PICKARD, William (Willie) – Private – 19560,        8th Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

Lived at Great Whyte, Ramsey, born 30th June 1889 at Bury, son of William & Maria (nee WHITE) PICKARD, enlisted at Bedford in February 1915.  Attached to the Bedfordshire Regt., he had been serving in France for only six months when he was killed in action on Saturday, 3rd June 1916, and his grave is in the Essex Farm Cemetery, Boezinge, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  His brother, Pte. Ernest Jesse PICKARD, of the Beds. Regt. received shrapnel wounds to an arm and hand on 10th February 1917, and was admitted to the 22nd General Hospital, Carmeres, France, and later moved to the Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester.

Plummer - Henry

PLUMMER, Henry (Harry) – Private – 4623, 1st/1st Bn. Cambridgeshire Regt.

He was born at Pondersbridge, son of William & Eliza (nee WILLIAMSON) PLUMMER, enlisted at Whittlesey, Cambs.  He was killed in action on Thursday, 12th October 1916, aged 21 years, and is commemorated on the Special Memorial B.9, in the Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuile, Somme, France.   [Not on Ramsey memorial; on Pondersbridge & Whittlesey memorials]

Potts - William Goodwin

POTTS, William Goodwin – Gunner – 102558,        93rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.

He was the son of John & Elizabeth Ann POTTS of York House, 1 Star Lane, Ramsey, joined the Army in July 1916 and had only been in France for about nine months when he was killed in action.  He died of gunshot wounds to the head and neck on Wednesday, 17th October 1917, aged about 24 years, and his grave is in the Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, Nord France.  In June 1916, Mr. John POTTS, barge owner, peat merchant, and the father of fifteen children, made an unsuccessful appeal against the Ramsey Tribunal’s decision that this son should go into the Army.

Price - William

PRICE, Arthur – Private – S/21222, 11th Bn. Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise’s)

From  Ramsey St. Marys, son of Thomas & Martha (nee SINCLAIR) PRICE, enlisted at Whittlesey.  He was killed in action on Wednesday, 22nd August 1917, aged about 28 years, and his grave is in the Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.    [Not on Ramsey memorial]

 
The Second World War.
 Name  

 Notes on soldier.

PALMER, Edward Bartle

PALMER, Edward Bartle – Sergeant – 743071, 105 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He was the son of Maurice Wheals & Ada Emma PALMER, died on Monday 9th September 1940, aged 27 years, and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, which overlooks the River Thames on Cooper’s Hill at Englefield Green, Surrey.  He left a widow Helen Adeline PALMER of Armagh, Northern Ireland.      [Not on Ramsey memorial;  on Westminster Abbey ‘Battle of Britain’ Memorial]  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial. 

Names of Hunts. Air Heroes.    Among the names to be placed on the Roll of Honour in the Battle of Britain Chapel in Westminster Abbey are those of two Ramsey men, Bomber Command aircrew members,  who lost their lives in The Battle of Britain.  Sgt. E. B. PALMER        F/Lt. J. H. T. PALMER    The next of kin of these men were invited to attend the unveiling of the Roll of Honour by H.R.H. King George VI on 10th June 1947.  [from the Hunts. Post – 22 May 1947. ]

PALMER, Ernest Alfred

PALMER, Ernest Alfred – Sergeant – 6630707, 2/7th Bn. Middlesex Regt.

He was of Ramsey, son of Frederick & Bertha PALMER, had been with an Infantry Regt. in Italy for fourteen months when he died of wounds on Wednesday, 31st May 1944, aged 37 years, and was buried in the Beach Head War Cemetery, Anzio, Italy.  He joined up a few days before War broke out, was sent to France at the end of September 1939, and went through the evacuation of Dunkirk.  During the Anzio beach-head landing he was taken prisoner, but escaped and sustained only a slight head wound.  Besides his widow Ruth (nee ALLEN) PALMER, he also left a daughter Jean, living at 17 Newtown Road, Ramsey.  Before joining the Army, he was employed in H.M. Stationery Office in London.   He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

PALMER, John Harold Tearle

PALMER, John Harold Tearle – Flight Lieutenant – 42020,   82 Sqdn. Royal Air Force.

He was born 31st October 1919, eldest son of John Harold Tearle & Constance Pauline (nee BUTLER) PALMER of The Hawthorns, Great Whyte, Ramsey, was educated first at Ramsey Grammar School and later at The Kings School, Peterborough.  On leaving school at eighteen, he decided to take up flying as a career, and in March 1939 took a short service (four years) commission in the R.A.F.  His plane crashed whilst on operations over Belgium in July 1940, and he was badly burned and suffered from concussion & shock.  He was in the Edith Cavill Hospital, Belgium, for a time, and was then moved to a camp in Germany where he spent his 21st, 22nd and 23rd birthdays.  He died of an illness contracted while in a German Hospital Camp, on Sunday, 6th December 1942, aged 23 years, and his grave is in the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany.     [Also on Ramsey Grammar School memorial & Westminster Abbey ‘Battle of Britain’ memorials]  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

John PALMER, 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.

Names of Hunts. Air Heroes.    Among the names to be placed on the Roll of Honour in the Battle of Britain Chapel in Westminster Abbey are those of two Ramsey men, Bomber Command aircrew members,  who lost their lives in The Battle of Britain.  Sgt. E. B. PALMER        F/Lt. J. H. T. PALMER    The next of kin of these men were invited to attend the unveiling of the Roll of Honour by H.R.H. King George VI on 10th June 1947.  [from the Hunts. Post – 22 May 1947. ]

PAPWORTH, Andrew

PAPWORTH, Andrew – Private – 5889575,  5th Bn. Northamptonshire Regt.

He was the second son of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew PAPWORTH of Witcham, near Ely, was killed in action on Tuesday, 16th May 1944, aged about 28 years, and was buried in the Cassino War Cemetery, in the Province of Frosinone, Italy.  Besides the widow Alice Florence (nee RICHARDSON) PAPWORTH, he also left a two years old son. He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

PAPWORTH, Arthur

PAPWORTH, Arthur – Private – 5885217, 2nd Bn. Lincolnshire Regt.

He was the fourth son of Walter & Louisa PAPWORTH of 20 Council Houses, Ramsey Mereside, died of wounds received when he was bayoneted in hand to hand fighting at Le Havre, France, leaving a widow Joyce PAPWORTH.  He died on Monday, 7th August 1944, aged 23 years, and his grave is in the Vaudry Churchyard, Calvados, France.  He was one of 51 British soldiers (14 of them from the Lincolnshire Regt), fighting to free the little village of Vaudry in northern France, two months after the Allied invasion. He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.
PEDLEY, Thomas William

PEDLEY, Thomas William – Private/Driver – 2338583, Royal Corps of Signals..

He was the son of the late Thomas & Louisa Ann (nee ROSE) PEDLEY of Ramsey Fortyfoot, was educated at Ramsey Grammar School.  He married Hilda SETCHELL at Pondersbridge on 6 May 1936, but his wife and infant daughter both died in January 1937.  After the death of his wife, he went to live at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, and previous to joining the Army was employed by MANN, EGERTON & Co. Ltd, as a tractor service representative.  On 26th August 1939, he married Margaret (Peggy) CLARK but within a week was called up as a Reservist of the Royal Corps of Signals and was very soon drafted to France, being eventually evacuated from Dunkirk.  About three weeks before his death, when he was due to come home on leave, he was removed to hospital at Bath where he died of pneumonia on Tuesday, 10th September 1940, aged about 32 years, and was buried in Bury St. Edmunds cemetery.     [Also on Ramsey Grammar School memorial]  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

Tom PEDLEY, R.A.S.C.   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.

PEPPERCORN, Donald Henry James

PEPPERCORN, Donald Henry James – Aircraftman 1st Class - 1189709, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He was born 13 February 1913 at Wennington, Abbots Ripton, third son of Henry James & Jane Louisa PEPPERCORN of 25 Council Houses, Ramsey Mereside, was killed in action at sea on Saturday, 5th July 1941, and his name is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, which overlooks the River Thames, at Englefield Green, Surrey.  He had left England earlier in the year for the Middle East.  He left a widow living at Coronation Avenue, Whittlesey, he had only been married for two years.  Mr. & Mrs. PEPPERCORN had four other sons serving in H.M. Forces.    [Also on Whittlesey memorial]  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.
PICKARD, Horace Arthur

PICKARD, Horace Arthur – Private – 5830934, 5th Bn. Suffolk Regt.

He was born 9th May 1919, youngest son of Harriet Elizabeth (nee JACKSON) PICKARD & the late William PICKARD of Palmers Bridge, Ramsey St. Mary’s, was killed in action on Sunday, 15th February 1942, aged 22 years, and his grave is in the Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.  He had gone out as a stretcher-bearer to bring in a wounded comrade when he was killed.  He left a widow Marjorie Joan (nee DAY) PICKARD, to whom he had only been married for eight months, living at 88 Great Whyte, Ramsey.    [Also on Ramsey St. Marys memorial]  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.
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