William Ernest Storey.

He is remembered on the St. Neots War Memorial that is situated in the grounds of St. Neots Church .


As private 30259 he served with the 14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment and was Killed in action Tuesday, 8th May 1917 in France & Flanders aged 32. 

Born in Pentney, Norfolk, he enlisted at St Neots. 

He was formerly private 1671 in the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. 

He was the son of Annie Storey, of New St., St. Neot's, Hunts, and the late Walter Storey.

  Photo of his name commemorated on Bay 5 of the Arras Memorial Pas de Calais, France.

. From a local newspaper dated 18/5/1917Pte. Cope of Buckden killed. Pte. E. A. G. Cope, of Buckden, was killed in action on May 7th.  He was 19 years of age, and an apprentice to Mr. J. Milner, grocer, Buckden.  He was a general favorite with all.  Pte. Cope joined the Cyclists and was transferred to the Warwicks.  His mother has received a letter from an officer of the Regiment stating that Pte. Cope was killed by shell fire.  "During our recent spell in the front line trenches we experienced a considerable amount of shelling from the enemy, but I am glad to tell you that throughout the whole of that trying period your son maintained a cheerful demeanor.  He was in the act of cleaning his rifle in view of a probable crisis when a shell landed in the trench causing his instantaneous death and also of a comrade Pte. W. E. Storey.  We buried them both behind our lines at nightfall.  I take this opportunity of tendering, on behalf of myself and his comrades in No. 11 platoon, our deep sympathy with you in the loss of your son who proved himself, while with us, brave as a soldier and straightforward and honest as a man".

He is commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3

Died 23/4/1917.

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. . Martyn Smith