Ramsey Soldiers - A.

The First World War.

 Notes on soldier.

Acomb - John.

ACOMB,  John – Private – 21419, 11th Bn. Durham Light Infantry.

He was a native of Cawood, near Selby, Yorkshire,  son of Lewis & Mary ACOMB of 16 Field Road, Ramsey, enlisted at Thornaby-on-Tees, and joined the Army at the outbreak of the War.  He had been in France since the previous July when he was killed in action on Wednesday, 10th November 1915, aged about 23 years, and his grave is in the Aubers Ridge British Cemetery, Aubers, Nord, France.

 Acomb - Rufus.

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

Adams - E. F.
Ambrose - Alfred

From a local newspaper dated the 20/04/1918 - Pte. Alfred Ambrose, Northants. Regiment, of Forty Foot Bridge, Ramsey, has been killed in action in France.

Ambrose - A.
Allen - Alfred.

ALLEN,  Alfred – Private – 203388, 1st/5th Bn. (Territorial) Royal Warwickshire Regt.

He was born at Ramsey,  son of Robert & the late Emma (nee AMBROSE) ALLEN of 19 Field Terrace, Ramsey, enlisted at Huntingdon.  He was killed in action on Wednesday, 22nd August 1917, aged 21 years, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, Panel 24, which forms a boundary of the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.    [Also on Ramsey Fortyfoot memorial] He was formerly 849 Hunts. Cyclist Bn.

A [Alfred] Allen - 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.

Allen - Edward.

ALLEN,  Edward – Private – 7665, 1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regt.

He was born at Pondersbridge, eldest son of Read & Rose Emma (nee CLARK) ALLEN of Wistow Fen, and later of Parkfield, Doddington, Cambs, enlisted at Peterborough.  He was reported missing at Neuve Chapelle, France, and later presumed to have been killed in action on Sunday, 9th May 1915, aged about 28 years, and is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, which is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.  He left a widow Rose Hannah (nee SNEESBY) ALLEN and a young son, living at 77 The Avenue, Ramsey.    [Also on Somersham & Wistow memorials]

Ambrose - Alfred.

AMBROSE,  Alfred – Private – 5935, 7th Bn. Northamptonshire Regt.

He was born at Ramsey Fortyfoot Bridge,  he enlisted at Peterborough, was mobilised in August 1914 and entered the theatre of war in France on 23rd November of the same year.  After taking part in the Battles of Le Bassee & Ypres, he was wounded and invalided home.  On his recovery, he returned to France and was again in action at Neuve Chapelle, Ypres, Hill 60 & Festubert, where he was wounded again.  Again he was sent home to recover but then returned to France for the third time in September 1915, fought at Loos, the Somme, Arras & Cambrai.  He was killed in action when the Fifth Army was driven back across the former Somme battlefields, on Monday, 25th March 1918, and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, which encloses the Pozieres British Cemetery, Somme, France.

Archer - Jonathan Watts.

ARCHER,  Jonathan Watts – Private – 40516, 2nd/5th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers.

He was born 22nd May 1890, the second son of  Martha & the late John ARCHER of Hern Road, Ramsey St. Marys, was killed in action on Saturday, 8th June 1918, aged 28 years, and was buried in the Houchin British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.   [Also on Ramsey St. Marys memorial]

Formerly 26207 Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regt. Formerly 44442 Manchester Regt.

Avory - G. H.

Pte. G. H. Avory, Beds. Regiment, Wounded three times.

Avory - J. H. From a local newspaper dated 22/9/1916 - Huntingdonshire Casualties - The following casualties appear in the official lists:- WOUNDED Pte. J. H. Avory, Ramsey, Beds. Regt.
The Second World War.

 Notes on soldier.

ADAMS, Eric Frederick

ADAMS, Eric Frederick – Marine – PO/X.107560 - H.M.S. NELSON, Royal Marines. He was Born 27th April 1922, the son of William & Martha (nee TIBBLES) ADAMS, and died at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford, on Friday, 1st February, 1946, aged 23 years, and was buried in Ramsey St. Mary’s churchyard. He married Dorothy Melba EMMINGTON at Holme, Huntingdonshire in November 1943, and besides the widow, he left a son Roger, aged about 18 months.   [Not on Ramsey War Memorial.; on Holme War Memorial]

ALLEN, Cecil Edward

ALLEN, Cecil Edward – Sherwood Foresters - He was the second son of Mr. H. ALLEN of 3 Woodstone Terrace, Ramsey, died at Papworth Hospital after a long illness on 2nd March 1944, aged 33 years, and was buried in Ramsey Cemetery.  Having been in the Regular Army for nearly ten years and a Reserve for two years, he then served with the British Expeditionary Force in France for five months, when he was discharged from the Army owing to ill health.  He left a widow, Mrs. Emma ALLEN, and six small children living at 47 High Street, Ramsey. [Not on Ramsey War Memorial.]

AVORY, George Alfred

AVORY, George Alfred - Sergeant – 926777 - He served with the 78 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.  He was born 18th June 1920, son of Mr. & Mrs. George Alfred & Agnes AVORY of Ramsey Fortyfoot, a wireless operator/air gunner, was killed in action while operating over enemy territory on Thursday, 3rd July 1941, aged 21 years.  He was buried, with 1542 other comrades, in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Gelderland, near Nijmegen, Netherlands, Plot: 20. G. 3.  The cemetery is about 16 kilometres from Arnhem, the Netherlands.   He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

AVORY, Lawrence Sidney

AVORY, Lawrence Sidney – Stoker, First Class – P/KX.111951, Royal Navy – H.M.S. COSSACK.  He was  born 13th May 1919, third son of Charles & Rose Ellen (nee HOLLIS) AVORY of 49 Great Whyte, Ramsey, joined the Royal Navy in July 1940, and was killed on active service when the ship on which he was serving was torpedoed by a German U-Boat and sunk off the coast of southern Spain.  He died on Thursday, 23rd October 1941, aged 21 years, and is commemorated by name on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, situated on Southsea Common overlooking the promenade, Hampshire.  Earlier in the year, the famous destroyer H.M.S. COSSACK had intercepted the German supply ship ALTMARK on the Norwegian Fjords. The ALTMARK was holding British merchant seamen; crews from ships sunk by the German pocket battleship ADMIRAL GRAF SPREE, and secured the release of about three hundred British prisoners.  Four more of Mr. & Mrs. Avery’s sons served – Charles AVORY in the Royal Artillery, Cyril AVORY in the R.A.M.C., Ronald AVORY in the R.A.S.C. and Maurice AVORY in the Royal Navy. He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

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