Soldiers from Abbotsley, Huntingdonshire.

Aldridge Charles Culham Charles was Killed in Action on the 22nd of November 1915 whilst fighting in France - he was 28 years old.                          His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.  Enlisted before June 25th 191525th Sept 1914 = at Bedford currently unattached.
Bailey Frank Enlisted before June 25th 1915 - 25th Sept 1914 = Kitchener's now at Shoreham.
Barford William 25th Sept 1914 = Kitchener's now at Shoreham. November 16th 1914 = William Barford, Herbert Smith, Ernest pepper, have been discharged from the Army as being physically unfit for active service.
Boston   Canadian Contingent - enlisted before June 25th 1915
Cade William William was Killed in Action on the 13th of June 1915 whilst serving in France - he was 40 years old.            His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church. Enlisted before June 25th 1915 - 25th Sept 1914 = Formerly 16th Beds., now Guard over prisoners at Shorncliffe.
Cannon E. Enlisted before June 25th 1915
Cannon G. Enlisted before June 25th 1915
Carr J. T. or J. R. 25th Sept 1914 = Gunner in France.
Childerley Harry Harry was Killed in Action on the 18th of August 1916 whilst serving with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, in France. He was 19 years of age.              

His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.                     

Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives dated 21 June 1918 = Childerley - In loving memory [on this, his 21st birthday, June 21st] of our sadly missed dear boy Harry [Hunts. Cyclists], killed in action August 18th, 1916.   Never forgotten by his Mother, Father, Brother and Sisters, Abbotsley.                                            

Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives date 16th August 1918 = Childerley - In loving memory of our dear Son and Brother, Pte. Harry Childerley, of the Royal Warwicks, Killed in action on August 18th, 1916 aged 19 years.  Two years have passed, four hearts still sore, As time goes by we miss him more, One of the dearest, one of the best, God in his mercy took him to rest.    From his loving Father, Mother, Brother and Sisters.  Abbotsley.

Creale [Creek] William 25th Sept 1914 = Territorials at Bury St. Edmunds.
Crick William His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.
Denton Oliver June 1918
Private Oliver Denton, of Waresley [Essex Regt.], is now in hospital near Manchester.
Denton William Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives dated June 1918 = Pte. Oliver Denton, of Waresley [Essex Regt.], is now in hospital near Manchester. 
Dineen George His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.
Edmonds W. J. Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives date 18th February 1919 = Pte. W. J. Edmonds, of the Canadian Batt., has been to visit his home in Abbotsley for ten days' sick leave.  He was wounded in the great advance on Passchendaele Ridge, and was sent to the Kitchener Hospital at Brighton.  He has been at a Convalescent home at Epsom for a month.  He has now quite recovered from his wound, and looks very fit and well.  We were very glad to see him again after such a long absence, as he had not been home since he left England for Canada three and a half years ago.
Fuller W. Enlisted before June 25th 1915
Gibson Cecil Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives dated June 1918 = Pte. Cecil Gibson, son of Mr. A. Gibson, formerly of the village, writes from Cairo that he has had 10 days' holiday and spent them in a trip up the Nile and saw the Pyramids, the resting places of the ancient kings of Egypt, the Sphinx, and other wonderful sights of that ancient land.
Gibson Herbert Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives dated June 1918 = Pte. Herbert Gibson [Beds. Regt.], has left Camberwell Hospital, and is now at a V.A.D. Home at Peckham and is progressing very Favourably.   June 1918
Pte. Herbert Gibson [Beds. Regt.], has left Camberwell Hospital, and is now in a V.A.D. Home at Peckham and is progressing very favourably.
Gilbert Harry 25th Sept 1914 = Territorials.  Dec 15 1916 - = 'On one occasion.' relates Gunner Harry Gilbert, ' we were in a trench behind our parapet when a German shell dropped plump on it, exploded, and it up and down on the men in the trench, literally burying us alive, but we came to life again.'
Gilbert Herbert 25th Sept 1914 = Kitchener's now at Shoreham.  Walter Jaikens is lying wounded in hospital at the Curragh. He was in over 20 engagements, and was shot in the leg. He hopes to be about again shortly. He belongs to the West Sussex.
Gilbert John 25th Sept 1914 = Stoker.
Gilbert Percy 25th Sept 1914 = Territorials at Bury St. Edmunds.
Harper [Harpur] George 25th Sept 1914 = Kitchener's now at Shoreham.
Haynes J. Enlisted before June 25th 1915
Jaikens Arthur William His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.      

Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives date 6th September 1918 = Jaikens - In loving memory [on this his 21st birthday, September 3, 1918; of our dear Arthur [Beds.], killed in action April 4th, 1918.   Not forgotten by his Mother and Father, Sisters and Brothers, Abbotsley.                            

Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives dated April 1919 = Jaikens - In loving memory of our dear Son and Brother, Pte. Arthur William Jaikens, 7th Beds. Regt., who was killed in action in France, April 4th, 1918, aged 20 years.   'Peace perfect peace.'   From his loving Mother, Father, Sisters and Brothers, The Green Abbotsley.

Jaikens Horace Dec 15 1916 - unknown newspaper entry - Private Horace Jaikens was last heard from three weeks ago. He was still at Giessen in Hesse, Darmstadt, and was quite well. Apparently he was wounded when taken prisoner.
Jaikens Richard 25th Sept 1914 = Kitchener's now at Shoreham.
Jaikens Walter 25th Sept 1914 = Formerly 16th Beds., now Guard over prisoners at Shorncliffe.  December 28th 1917 -= n Tuesday last a wedding took place at our Church between Miss Bertie Barford [second daughter of the late Mr. George Barford] and Lance Corporal Walter Jaikens, of the Royal Engineers.
The bride was attired in cream silk, trimmed with military braid and lace, with wreath of orange blossom and fall. She was given away by Mr. S. Peacock, her brother-in-law, and the best man was Mr. B. Babbington, brother-in-law of the bridegroom. The two youthful bridesmaids were Miss Julia Peacock [niece to the bride] and Miss Ivy Jaikens [sister of the bridegroom], who were attired in blue dresses, trimmed with blue and gold.
The bride carried a lovely bouquet of lilies and carnations, and the little bridesmaids those of chrysanthemums. The service was fully choral. The officiating clergyman was the Rev. S. Meade, and the organist Miss Kathleen Gilbert, who played the wedding march as the bridal party left the Vestry. The wedding presents were numerous, valuable and useful, that the bridegroom to the bride being a lovely clock brought by him from France. The youthful bridesmaids he gave beautiful brooches, also brought by him from France. Mr. Jaikens was one of the heroes of Mons, where he was wounded.
Jackson W. Enlisted before June 25th 1915.
Jeffs A. Enlisted before June 25th 1915.
Jeffs J. Enlisted before June 25th 1915.
Milton Percy W. Enlisted before June 25th 1915.
Mitchell H. Enlisted before June 25th 1915.
Mitchell J. Enlisted before June 25th 1915.
Page Albert Edward His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.         

Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives dated June 1918 = Pte. Albert Page [Warwicks] and Fred, his brother, [Beds.] have been home for a few days, but are now back again in France.

Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives date 1st November 1918 = Page - In loving memory of our dearly loved boy, Pte. Albert E. Page, S.B., Royal Warwicks, Killed in France Sept. 27th, 1918, aged 23 years.   Time cannot heal so great a sorrow.       Deeply mourned by his sorrowing Mother, Father, Brothers and Sisters, Abbotsley.

Page Arthur His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.         

Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives dated 28th July 1918 = Page - In ever-loving memory of my dear Husband, Sapper Arthur Page, Royal Engineers, Killed in action in France on July 23rd, 1917.  Lovingly his memory lingers, Though he's passed one year ago, All the time our thoughts are with him, Still our eyes are filled with tears.   Gone but not forgotten. From his ever loving Wife and Children.   New Street, St. Neots.                                                                 

Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives dated 28th July 1918 = Page - In ever-loving remembrance of our dear Son and Brother, Sapper Arthur Page, Royal Engineers, second son of Mr. and Mrs. James Page, Abbotsley, Killed in action, July 23rd, 1917, aged 31 years.  Oh! for a touch of that vanished hand, And the sound of a voice that is still.    From his sorrowing Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters.  Abbotsley.          

Page Albert Enlisted before June 25th 1915 - June 1918 =
Pte. Albert Page [Warwicks] and Fred his brother, [Beds.], have been home for a few days, but are now back again in France.
Page Fred Enlisted before June 25th 1915. Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives dated June 1918 = Pte. Albert Page [Warwicks] and Fred, his brother, [Beds.] have been home for a few days, but are now back again in France.
Page H. Enlisted before June 25th 1915.  St. Neots and County Times - date 13/3/1915.  Abbotsley
Mrs. H. Page, High Green, has received a communication stating that her son, Private H. Page, of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, is lying ill at the General Hospital at Boulogne, France. A photo of Private Page appears among our pictures. Another of Mrs. Page's sons is serving in the Hunts Cyclists' Battalion.
Peacock Fred 25th Sept 1914 = Colour Sergt., Formerly 16th Beds., at Shorncliffe.
Pepper Ernest November 16th 1914 = William Barford, Herbert Smith, Ernest pepper, have been discharged from the Army as being physically unfit for active service.
Pepper Fred 25th Sept 1914 = Kitchener's now at Shoreham.
Preedy F. Capt Royal Engineers - Enlisted before June 25th 1915
Smith F. Enlisted before June 25th 1915
Smith Herbert 25th Sept 1914 = Kitchener's now at Shoreham.  November 16th 1914 = William Barford, Herbert Smith, Ernest pepper, have been discharged from the Army as being physically unfit for active service.
Smith G. Enlisted before June 25th 1915
Smith K. Enlisted before June 25th 1915
Stapleton G. 25th Sept 1914 = Stoker
Stapleton G. 25th Sept 1914 = Gunner
Stapleton W. 25th Sept 1914 = Stoker
Stokes George 25th Sept 1914 = Kitchener's now at Shoreham.  19th January 1917 = Private George Stokes, after an absence of 17 months has paid us a short visit.
Swepson [Charles] Wilfred His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.   25th Sept 1914 = Kitchener's now at Shoreham.
Staughton Albert 25th Sept 1914 = West Yorks
Staughton George His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.  Dec 15 1916 - newspaper entry - George Staughton sailed for Canada with the Canadian Contingent on December 10th 1915.
Surkutt W. 25th Sept 1914 = Territorials at Bury St. Edmunds.
Webb Arthur Webb - In loving memory of Arthur Webb, who died March 13th, 1918, aged 30.   This day brings back to memory dear, One who was called to rest, And these who think of him to-day, Are those who loved him best.   From his loving Mother, Sisters and Brothers, Rose Cottage, Abbotsley.  His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.  25th Sept 1914 = Driver Field Artillery, in France.
Webb Edward Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives dated 14th March 1919 = Details Extracted from Unnamed newspapers taken from the Norris Museum at St. Ives dated 15th November 1918 = Webb - On October 29?, Killed in action in France.  Lce. Corpl. E. Webb, youngest son of James Webb, Abbotsley, Aged 20. His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.          
Webb Fred Dec 15 1916 - newspaper extract - Pte. Fred Webb is now in Salonica and getting on well.
Webb Jack 25th Sept 1914 = enlisted at Welwyn [Fusiliers]
Wills James July 6th 1917 = Pte. James Wills, of the South African Contingent. who was killed on Easter Monday, was the son in law of Mr. S. Sandford, formerly of this village but connected for many years with the G. N. R. He was concerned with ostrich farming in South Africa, and probably his widow will proceed to his home as soon as circumstances permit.
Wignall Charles Edward His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.
Wright Philip His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.  19th January 1917. = The Late Lce. Corpl. P. Wright.
Mr. A. Wright, of Warminster, Wilts., sends us the following letter he has received in reference to his brother, Lce. Corpl. P. Wright, [Abbotsley], killed in action on December 23rd.   'Dear Mr. Wright, - I am writing these few lines just to let you know how much I feel your brother's death, and to tell you, and his platoon officer, how I looked upon him as one of my most promising N.C.O.'s. He always did his duty bravely and faced the many hardships with a cheerful smile. In fact, he was every thing a soldier should be. His death was instantaneous, a shell bursting in the trench. He was at the time in charge of a few men in a lonely post, and we buried him where he fell. May it be some consolation that he died so bravely for the cause of all that is just and right, fighting for his King and Country, a real noble cause. If there are any questions you would like to ask, please write to me, yours sincerely, R. W. H. Bowles 2nd Lieut.'
1939 - 1945
Denny Peter Frederick Peter died on the 11th of April 1944 aged 22 years.                             

His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.

Harper Arthur George Arthur died on Thursday the 30th March 1944 at the age of 20 years. He was the son of  George Thomas Harper & Winifred Amelia, of Abbotsley, Huntingdonshire.                                 

His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.

Harper John His name appears on the War Memorial in grounds of Abbotsley Parish Church.
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The inscription on the war memorial reads - 'REMEMBER BEFORE GOD THE MEN OF ABBOTSLEY WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918.
These soldiers notes were found whilst research in the soldiers who fought in the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalions.  They are included on this website to assist any researcher who has a connection with Abbotsley or their families.     If you have any further information on these soldiers I would be pleased to hear from you in order that the details can be added to this page.

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10/08/2013

. .  Martyn Smith