Returning WW1 servicemen

John Roadley

Elsewhere on this site we have recorded details of those men from Harston who lost their lives fighting in WW1. Here we have tried to record those who were born and/or lived in the village. We have used information from Helen Greene’s 1937 book on Harston which names 56 men who went to war and states that they are recorded in the church but, so far, we have not found this record. We have also used newspaper articles from the time and information from the Imperial War Museum’s ‘Lives of the First World War’ project.

However, our record does not have service details for many of the men as more than 4 million documents on WW1 servicemen were destroyed when the War Office Record Store was hit by an incendiary bomb in September 1940. If you have more information about these men or can add to this list, please let us know. 

Frank Ashby

Born 20 April and baptised 21 June 1891 Harston, son of Edward Smith and Agnes Selina Ashby. Lived with parents, publicans of Queens Head. In 1911 was a gardener. Married on 15 Oct 1917 at St Mary, Paddington Green to Lucy Eveline Haylock daughter of Charles William Haylock, butcher & publican of The Three Horseshoes, Harston. Lucy died in 1922 & Frank married Lizzie Devey in 1925.  He died 8 May 1977 Dersingham.

1917 October 26 Cambridge Independent Press

The marriage took place on October 15, by special licence, of Miss Lucy Eveline Haylock, second daughter of Mr & Mrs Charles William Haylock of Harston and to Pte Frank Ashby, third son of Mrs Edward Ashby of Harston. The bride was tastefully attired in a costume of covert coating and wore a pale pink blouse and a scarf of pink crepe-de-chine beautifully embroidered, a gift of the bridegroom from France. She also wore a large black picture hat with amber flowers and carried a bunch of white heather. The bridesmaid was Miss Maud (Queenie) Ashby who wore her nurse’s uniform. After the wedding the happy pair travelled to Downham for a brief honeymoon. The rest of the time they are spending at Harston pending the bridegroom’s return to the front. They were the recipients of many useful presents and hearty good wishes from their many friends at Harston.

Henry Edgar Beaumont

Born 12 June & baptised 3 August 1879 Harston son of Harston school headmaster Augustus John & Elizabeth beaumont. Married on 12 April 1909 Gt Shelford to Elizabeth Emma Herbert. They lived in Hinton Way Gt Shelford. In 1939 he was a draper and buyer of dress fabrics. He died on 14 Jan 1949.

He joined the Suffolk Regiment in 1915.

1917 February 23 Cambridge independent Press

Pte Edgar Beaumont is now serving with the Salonica force

Oswald Percy Beaumont

Baptised 7 July 1878 Harston, brother of the above. By 1901 he was living in London with siblings Claude and Lilian. Married 1905 in Westminster to Marion Matilda Shankland. He died in 1936.

1914 October 2 Cambridge Independent Press:

Percy & Claude Beaumont, natives of Harston, Old Perseans and sons of the late master of the County School have joined the colours. The elder is enrolled with the Grenadier Guards & the younger with his old battalion, the Queen’s Westminsters.

1917 February 23 Cambridge independent Press:

Oswald Percy Beaumont, two years in the Grenadier Guards and 4 months with the Officers Cadet Corps at Fermoy has been gazetted Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment now somewhere in France.

Alfred Bevis wedding

Alfred Bevis wedding

1917 May 18 Cambridge Independent Press

Mr & Mrs A J Beaumont, Eggesford, Rock Road, Cherry Hinton (late of Harston) have received news that their second surviving son 2nd Lieut O P Beaumont, Middlesex Regt, is seriously wounded and now in the 8th General Hospital, Rouen. Lieut O P Beaumont was educated at the Perse School.

Alfred James Bevis

Baptised 1 Oct 1876 Harston, son of Walter & Phoebe. Lived on High Street in 1901. Moved to Impington by 1911. Married Alice Constable 30 Aug 1900 Harston Baptist Church. Died 24 April 1932. See wedding photos. Joined The Royal Flying Corps in 1916 and remained in service until 1920. 

George Black

Does anyone have any information about him?

Fred Carter

Baptised 7 Jan 1884 Harston, son of Henry John & Anne. Lived in Haslingfield Road in 1891, High Street in 1901, Harwich in 1911. Married in 1910 to Eva. He was a Bombardier in the Royal Garrison Artillery by 1911

Frank Carter

Baptised 16 Nov 1890 Harston, brother of the above. Lived in Haslingfield Road in 1891, High Street in 1901-11, Married 1929 Blything to Louisa Sterling

1914 September 4, 11 Cambridge Independent Press

Splendid response to appeal for recruits for Lord Kitchener’s Second Army, including Frank Carter, bricklayer’s labourer, age 24.

1916 May 19 Cambridge Independent Press

A Lucky Escape – Pte Frank Carter, who was one of the first from Harston to volunteer has been home on a few days leave. He is looking strong and well. The steel helmet he was wearing fortunately saved him from a bad wound in the forehead.

William Carter

Born 26 Jun & baptised 27 Jul 1895 Harston, brother of the above. Lived in High Street in 1901-11,

Claude & Beatrcie Chapman's 50th Wedding Anniversary at Riverdale Cottage, Haslingfield Rd 1954

Claude & Beatrcie Chapman’s 50th Wedding Anniversary at Riverdale Cottage, Haslingfield Rd 1954

Claude Chapman

Born 1 October 1881 Harston. Lived in High Street in 1901, at Riverdale Cottage, Harston, in 1911-19, in High Street in 1939. Married 4 April 1904 Harston to Beatrice Elizabeth Jude.

Beatrice and Claude eventually bought “The Old Home,”43 High Street, from William Jude and Claude’s son Eliot (Jane’s father) and family later lived in a hut in the garden there.

He was a baker at Badcock’s bakery in Royston Road then worked alongside the Judes in the building trade. Claude was also thought to have lived in a row of cottages which were then where No 24 Church St is now. Around 1950 Claude and Beatrice found No 43 High St was too big to look after as it had a big garden and orchards going right back so he sold it to Mrs Swann (28.08.1950), and they moved back to 2 Haslingfield Road called Riverdale Cottage where they had lived before (in 1911 census).

Eliot Chapman & Rosa Pugsley married 1934 Chivnor, N Devon

Eliot Chapman & Rosa Pugsley married 1934 Chivnor, N Devon

Joined the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1917 and demobilized from Army reserve on 27 Feb 1919. He had been gassed and it was uncertain initially whether he would survive. He died 16 & buried 21 Oct 1968.Harston.

1917 September 14 Cambridge Independent Press:

Home on leave: Claude Chapman

1918 February 22 Cambridge Independent Press

Pte Claude Chapman is expected home from France, his father being very ill. He is the brother of Pte Elliot Chapman who has travelled from Italy on purpose to see his father.

Eliot Chapman

Baptised 4 Oct 1885 Harston, brother of the above. Lived in High Street in 1901-1911, in High Street 1930-35, at 15 Church Street 1950-65, lived No 7 Royston Rd. Joined the Royal Engineers.

1917 September 14 Cambridge Independent Press

Home on leave: Eliot Chapman

1918 February 22 Cambridge Independent Press

Others on leave include Pte E Chapman. Pte Elliott Chapman is already back from Italy.

Frederick John Collins

Born 29 May 1899 Harston, son of John & Julia. Lived in High Street in 1901, Green Man Lane in 1911, at 7 Manor Close in 1939  lived Button End, Harston; Married Apr 1926 to Nellie E Horner. Died 1 & buried 10 Dec 1979 Harston.

Joined the Suffolk Regiment in 1917.

1918 January 25 Cambridge Independent Press

On  leave from the front: F Collins

1918 February 22 Cambridge Independent Press

Others on leave include F Collins

Jack & Margy's Wedding 1915

Jack & Margy’s Wedding 1915

Jack Collins

Born 17 Jan 1892 Shepreth, brother of the above. Lived in High Street in 1901, in Aldershot camp in 1911 in Ploughley, Oxon in 1939, Married 12 Aug 1915 Shepreth to Margaret E Miller. Died 29 Nov 1975 Shipton on Cherwell. Joined the Suffolk Regiment by 1911.

1916 May 5 Cambridge Independent Press

Pte Jack Collins and Johnny Wilson, previously reported as killed, were, by 25 August, now known to be prisoners-of-war in Germany

Thomas Collins

Born 1882  Shepreth, brother of the above. Lived in Church Street, Harston in 1901-11 at 138 Mill Road in 1954. Married 27 Oct 1907 Woodford Bridge to Florence Mabel Corby. Died 28 Aug & buried 2 Sep 1954 Harston.

1915 April 9 Cambridge Independent Press

Pte Thomas Collins of the 2nd Beds Regiment has recently been invalided home. He has been in some of the thickest fighting having been present at the battle of Ypres where he was wounded in the hand and again at Neuve Chapelle. At the latter place a shrapnel bullet penetrated his ribs and so far medical skill has failed to extract it. He is however very cheerful and is progressing favourably towards recovery. Pte Collins served throughout the South African war and was awarded the King’s & Queen’s medals with 5 clasps.

Robert William Gatward

Born Oct 1893 Therfield, son of William & Elizabeth Maria. Lived in High Street in 1901-34. Married 10 Jan 1918 Harston to Elizabeth Wright. Died 11 Sep 1934 Harston. Joined the Suffolk Regiment.

1918 February 22 Cambridge Independent Press

Others on leave include W Gatward

Eric Wilfred Haylock

Born 13 Jul 1895 Harston, son of Charles & Louisa Ann. Lived at The Three Horseshoes in 1901-11, at Council Houses 1920-33 at 17 Church Street in 1939. Married on 15 Nov 1924 Harston to Kate Northrop. Died 14 & buried 19 Apr 1981 Harston.

1914 September 4 Cambridge Independent Press

‘Roll of Honour’, Cambs. recruits for Lord Kitchener’s Second Army, ‘Splendid Response’, including (from Harston) Eric Wilfred Haylock, carpenter (19)

1918 January 25 Cambridge Independent Press

On  leave from the front: Corporal Eric Haylock.

1918 February 22 Cambridge Independent Press

Cpl. Eric Haylock has returned badly wounded.

From Our Local Patriots 1914-1918 Herts & Cambridge Reporter:

Lance-Corporal Eric Haylock of the Suffolk Regiment, a Harston man whose mother resides in the village and is an agent for The Herts & Cambs Reporter, was wounded in the thigh in the big advance on the Somme on July 1st and is now in hospital in Cheltenham where he has just undergone a serous operation. After being wounded he managed to crawl into a small shell hole and lay there for 15 hours. After darkness set in he crawled to a trench 60 yards away although the ground was being swept by machine gun fire. He got into a small hole with his legs hanging out and lay there until morning. Whilst there a bursting shell covered his legs with earth, but did not inflict further injury. Lance-Corporal Haylock (who has just turned 21 years of age) joined the Suffolk Regiment in August 1914 and was sent out to France in January 1916

William Alfred Ives

Born 1883 Islington, son of William & Sarah.  Lived in High Street, Harston, in 1911. Married on 25 Dec 1902 Islington to Annie Webb. Died 14 Sep1938 Cambridge. Buried 17 Sep 1938 Harston.

1914 September 4, 11 Cambridge Independent Press

‘Roll of Honour’, Cambs. recruits for Lord Kitchener’s Second Army, ‘Splendid Response’, including (from Harston) William Ives had already left his wife & children, a week ago, to enlist.

1916 May 5 Cambridge Independent Press

Mr William Ives, a machine-gunner who has earned his stripes, is home on leave.

1916 June 16 Cambridge Independent Press

The funeral took place in Harston Baptist churchyard on Thursday week of Mr Ives of London who had been staying at Harston for some time. He was a great sufferer. The coffin was followed by a soldier and sailor son. A third son who is in the Army could not attend as he was recently wounded and is recovering in France.

Archibald Jude

Born 16 Jun 1881 Harston, son of Ephraim & Sarah. Lived in High Street in 1901, at Fountain Cottage, Harston, in 1911-50. Died 13 Feb & buried 16 Feb 1950 Harston. Joined the Royal Engineers.

1918 December 27 Cambridge Independent Press

Funeral, Sarah Ann Jude, 73 y. Pte A Jude (son) was on active service and could not attend.

Reginald George Jude

Born 1888 Foxton son of George & Caroline. Lived in Foxton in 1891, in Sandy 1901 & 1911. Died 30 Oct 1918 Glasgow. Buried 2 Nov 1918 Harston

Joined The Royal Scots , 6th Volunteer Battalion in 1912 worked as customs and excise officer in Bathgate and also acted as pension officer for the district. Whilst attending a bayonet instruction course in Glasgow, Capt Jude began to feel unwell from influenza and was transferred to Yorkhill hospital where he contracted pneumonia and passed away not long after. The body was conveyed by road to St Columbia’s church in Bathgate where the first part of the service was held. The coffin, covered in the union jack, was then carried by volunteers to the railway station where it was sent en route to Harston for burial.

Arthur L (seated) at Crowborough camp

Arthur L (seated) at Crowborough camp

Henry Edgar (Harry) Lant

Born 9 Jul & baptised 3 Sep 1899 Sutton, son of Arthur & Alice. Lived in West Ham in 1901, at The Cock, Little Hadham, in 1911, The Coach & Horses, Harston in 1920s – 30s, The White Horse, Swavesey, in 1939, in The Pemberton Arms, Harston, in 1953. Married Emily Elizabeth Mann. Died Jan 1953 Cambridge.

Joined Royal Navy in 1917 and served for 12 years.

John Lant

Born 12 Feb 1893 Norwood, brother of above. Lived in West Ham in 1901, at The Cock, Little Hadham, in 1911, The Coach & Horses, Harston in 1920s -30s Died 17 Sep 1981 Cambridge.

Joined Royal Navy in Feb 1911 and served until 1940.

Arthur Robert Lawrance

Born 14 Sep & baptised 21 Oct 1899 Harston, son of Joseph John & Elizabeth. Lived in High Street in 1901-17.

Joined the Suffolk Regiment

Lawrance brothers: Vic, Frank, Oswald, Harry & Arthur

Lawrance brothers: Vic, Frank, Oswald, Harry & Arthur

Frank Lawrance

Born 25 July and baptised 29 Aug 1897, brother of the above. Married in Jan 1916 to Ethel K Priday. Died 22 July 1969 Slough

Frank went into Navy

1918 February 22 Cambridge Independent Press

Others on leave include F Lawrance SBA,

Harry Lawrance

Harry - Army in Drouvin, France 14.1.1919

Harry – Army in Drouvin, France 14.1.1919

Born 21 Feb 1893 Harston, brother of above. . Lived in High Street in 1901-11, at 26 Council Houses, Church Street in 1939, at 7 Royston Road in 1971. Married Jan 1926 Linton to Emily Elizabeth Dockerill. Died29 & buried 31 Jan 1971 Harston. (click here for more information)

Joined the Suffolk Hussars and then Royal Field Artillery as blacksmith serving in France & Ireland.

1915 June 11 Cambridge Independent Press

Harston has sent 2 more recruits in response to Lord Kitchener’s (latest) appeal, Charlie Willows & Harry Lawrence have joined the Loyal Suffolk Hussars (Yeomanry).

Sidney Leavens

Born 28 Aug 1896 Cambridge, son of Harry & Annie. Lived in Stone Street, Cambridge, in 1901 at Lawn Cottage, Harston, in 1911 Married on 26 may 1926 Surrey to Emily Rose Norton. Died 4 Jan 1974 Surrey.

1915 May 28 Cambridge Independent Press

In list of names of those recruited to the 3rd/1st Cambs Regiment in the past fortnight: S. Leavans (18y), Harston.

Arthur Lee

Born 24 Oct 1891 Royston, son of Thomas & Harriet. Lived in High Street in 1901, at Oak Cottage, Harston, in 1911, ‘Harston’, Coggleshall Road, Lexdon in 1939. Married Jul 1921 Saffron Walden to Mabel Baker. Died Oct 1952 Colchester

Robert Ransom Newling in WW1 with medals

Robert Ransom Newling in WW1 with medals

1916 August 25 Cambridge Independent Press

Military Medal for Harston man – Pioneer A Lee, RE, from Harston has had notification from headquarters that he has been awarded the military medal for gallantry and devotion to duty. He is the son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Lee.

1917 September 14 Cambridge Independent Press

Home on leave: Arthur Lee.

Percy John Newling

Born 4 Mar & baptised 22 Apr 1894 Harston, son of William John & Mary. Lived in High Street in 1901, boarding at 55 Bradmore Street, Cambridge in 1911. Married 1929 Kensington to Alice O’Shea. Joined Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Dover 1914 or Royal Army Service Corps

1918 January 25 Cambridge Independent Press

On leave from the front, Pte P J Newling.

Robert Ransom Newling

Born 30 Jul & baptised 5 Sep 1897 Harston, son of Frederick & Rose Susannah. Lived in Church Street in 1901-11, in Harrow in 1939. Married in 1920 Chard to Alice Beatrice Pointing. Died 22 Oct 1978 Harrow. Joined Somerset Light Infantry Labour Corps in 1915.

Grace, Arthur, Robert & William Newling 1911

Grace, Arthur, Robert & William Newling 1911

William Francis Newling

Born 22 Aug & baptised 10 Nov 1894 Harston, brother of above.. Lived in Church Street in 1901-11 & in Greenwich in 1922-65. Married 1920 Lewisham to Susan Jane Hamilton. Died in Sep 1975 Greenwich. Joined King’s Royal Rifles in 1915. (click here for more information)

Abraham Northrop

Born 22 Dec 1894 Harston, son of Arthur & Elizabeth Ann. Lived in High Street 1900-11, at Walthen, London Road in 1939-53. Married in Jul 1933 Hammersmith to Daisy Kate Lilley. Died 6 Nov 1953 Cambridge. Served with the Suffolk Regiment.

Arthur Northrop

Born 6 Dec 1899 & baptised 1900 Harston, brother of above. Lived in High Street 1900-11, in Hurrell’s Row in 1920s, 6 Manor Close 1935-65. Married in 1920 to Ellen Starr. Died Aug 1976 Cambridge. Joined Royal Navy Air Service on 12 Jan 1918, served HMS President & Daedalus.

1918 January 25 Cambridge Independent Press

Arthur Northrop, just turned 18, has joined the RNAS.

Jonah Harry Northrop

Born 30 Mar 1889 & baptised 26 Mar 1899 Harston, son of Alfred & Susan.  Lived on High Street in 1901 & Chestnut Close, Haslingfield until 1976. Married in 1914 Florence Beatrice Douglas. Died Mar 1976 Cambridge. Served in the Machine Gun Corps.

Joseph Charles Northrop

Born 22 Jun & baptised 5 Oct 1890 Harston, son of George & Eliza Ann. Lived at 3 Hurrell’s Row 1891-1911, Cambridge Road, Newton, in 1939. Married in Apr 1920 Linton to Dorothy Andrews. Died Aug 1979 Cambridge. Joined the Suffolk Regiment.

Leonard Arthur Northrop

Born 7 Nov 1884 & baptised 4 Jan 1885 Harston, son of William & Mary Ann. Lived in High Street in 1911 & 8 The Footpath until in 1971. Married 1919 Royston to Hilda Mabel Gouldthorp. Died 14 Sep 1971 Cambridge. Initially joined Cambridge Regiment, the the Royal Berkshire Regiment.

1917 September 14 Cambridge Independent Press

Home on leave: Leonard Northrop

Moses George Northrop

Born 27 Mar 1892 & baptised 26 Mar 1899 Harston, son of Alfred & Susan. Lived in High Street in 1901, at Longmoor Army Camp in 1911 & at 17 The Green, Histon, in 1939-67. Married in 1917 to Lilian R Douglas. Died 1967 Cambridge.

Joined the Suffolk Regiment.

Reginald Northrop

Born 6 Jun & baptised 23 Jul 1892 Harston, son of George & Eliza Ann. Lived at 3 Hurrell’s Row in 1901 & 1911, in 4 Coach House Lane, Newton in 1939 -72. Married Jul 1934 to Elizabeth Cornell.Died 12 May 1978 Newton. Enlisted Suffolk Regiment, Regimental No 44060, in 1915

1916 February 11 Cambridge Independent Press

Mr Reginald Northrop has joined up as of last Wednesday.

1918 December 3 Cambridge Daily News

Prisoners-of-war repatriated include Pte R Northrop, 12th Suffolks.

Valentine Harry Northrop

Born 14 Feb 1894 Harston, son of Harry & Alice. Lived in High Street in 1901, in Somerset in 1939. Died 26 Feb 1991 Budleigh Salterton

1914 September 4, 11 Cambridge Independent Press

‘Roll of Honour’, Cambs. recruits for Lord Kitchener’s Second Army, ‘Splendid Response’, including (from Harston) Valentine Harry Northrop, mill hand (20)

1916 May 5 Cambridge Independent Press

The inhabitants of Harston have been pleased to welcome home several soldiers on leave. Mr Valentine Northrop, after 4 months in hospital, has been spending a few days holiday in the village before returning to his regiment. He seems to have quite recovered and was looking fairly fit when he left. Corporal VH Northrop, one of the first men to enlist from the village of Harston. He was badly wounded in the arm at Hullock and is now in hospital at Doncaster.  Photo

1918 January 25 Cambridge Independent Press

On leave from the front, Cadet V Northrop.

William Northrop

Born 17 Jul 1894 Harston, son of Walter & Eva. Lived in Hurrell’s Row in 1901 & in 11 Hurrell’s Row in 1939.

Joined the Suffolk Regiment in 1915

George Thomas Papworth

Baptised 3 Mar 1889 Harston, son of Samuel & Sophia. Lived in Button End in 1891 & 1901, in Godmanchester in 1911 & in Elm in 1935. Married in 1910 to Alice Miriam Thompson. Died 5 Feb 1963 Essex. Served in the Suffolk Regiment.

Harold Frank Potter

Born 25 Dec 1890 Harston , son of the Baptist minister Frank & Ellen. Lived at The Manse, High Street in 1901 & in Tennison Road in 1911. Died 23 Aug 1922 Egypt.

Joined Royal Navy Oct 1914, served on HMS Pembroke & President

Ernest Racher

Christopher Raynor resident organist in early- mid 1900s

Christopher Raynor resident organist in early- mid 1900s

Baptised 4 Mar 1883 Harston, son of Alfred & Maria. Lived in High Street in 1891, in Hurrell’s Row in 1901. In 1911 he was with the 21st Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery in India. Died 1951 Cambridge

1916 February 11 Cambridge Independent Press

Gunner E. Racher of the 35th Battery Royal Garrison Artillery is home on leave, having been at the front since August 1914

Christopher Thomas  Rayner

Born 20 May & baptised 2 Jul 1881 Harlton, son of Joseph & Jane. Lived at The Hare & Hounds, Harlton in 1891, in Haslingfield Road in 1901, at Elm Cottage, Harlton, in 1911, at 94 High Street, Harston in 1939 & at 122 Cambridge Rd, Harston in 1961. Married in 1919 to Florence Amelia Felton. Died 20 Oct 1961 Harston.

1918 September 27 Cambridge Daily News

Harvest festival service with sermon by the Rector, Rev W. Ellison; collection for Addenbrookes raised more than £3. Pte CT Rayner, who is home on leave, played the organ.

Albert Rogers WW1 certificate

Albert Rogers WW1 certificate

Albert Rogers

Born 1887 Newton, son of George & Alice. Lived in Church Street, Newton, in 1891, in Bermuda & Jamaica as acting drummer in 1911 & at 46 High Street, Harston, in 1920-40 Married 1914 in Evangeline D Jaggard. Died 9 Jan 1954 Cambridge, buried 12 Jan Harston

Joined Bedfordshire Regiment in 1905. Injured & honourably discharged 5 Aug 1918.

Robert Horford Taylor Rowley

Baptised 9 Feb 1986 Royston, son of William Taylor & Alice Maude. Lived in Royston in 1901 & 1911, at Manor House Harston in 1930 & at Cranbrook, Kneesworth Street, Royston in 1957. Married in 1945 Paddington to Elizabeth Sylvia Barclay Smith. Died 28 May 1957 Royston.

Joined the Hereford Regiment, Royal Fusiliers in 1916

William George Seagrave

Born 16 Oct 1891 & baptised 5 Sep 1897 Harston, son of Davis & Rachel Emma. Lived in Church Street in 1911, in Charity Farm. Haslingfield in 1939 & in High Street in 1955. Married on 19 Apr 1915 Islington to Lily Kate Webb. Died 2 Aug 1955.  Joined Army Service Corps in 1914

Thomas Aves Redhead Seaman

Born 1889 Harston, son of Thomas James & Susannah. Lived at Station House in 1911 & Church End in 1930. Died 6 Aug 1930 Cambridge

Joined the Royal Engineers Railway Operating Division in April 1917. Went to Egypt in October 1917 and invalided home in August 1919.

William Starling

Born 1886 Tottenham, son of William & Harriet. Lived at 9 Hurrells Row in 1911

1914 September 4 Cambridge Independent Press

Splendid response to appeal for recruits for Lord Kitchener’s Second Army, including William Starling

1918 January 25 Cambridge Independent Press

On leave from the front, W Starling.

1918 February 22 Cambridge Independent Press

Home on leave – Pte W Starling, who has recently lost his father, is also expected home.

Bertram Taylor

Born 3 Sep 1896 Harston, son of William & Sarah. Lived at 3 Hillview Cottages in 1911. Married Royston 1918 to Emily. Died 1970 Cambridge.

Joined Cambridge Regiment in Oct 1915, discharged on 31 May 1916 due to ‘deformity of feet’

Andrew Thompson

Born 1882 Harston, son of Charles & Jane. Lived in High Street in 1901 (click here for more information)

1915 Aug 27 Cambridge Independent Press

Wounded soldier’s return – Cpl A Thompson of the 1st Divisional Supply Column, B E Force, has been home for eight days. He is a native of Harston but his parents now reside at Haslingfield. He has been injured three times slightly, but is looking fit and well now.

Peter Thompson

Born Harston 1886, brother of the above. Lived in High Street in 1901, in Trigg Farm, Station Road in 1911. Died 1 Nov 1976 Grays.

1916 March 3 Cambridge Independent Press

To Join the Colours Mr Peter Thompson, a smallholder of this village & Mr Frank Wisbey left on Tuesday for Bury St Edmunds to take their places in the country’s fighting forces.

Philip Thompson

Born 6 Apr 1892 Harston, brother of the above. Lived in High Street in 1901, in Trigg Farm, Station Road in 1911-39 Died 1962 Cambridge

1916 March 3 Cambridge Independent Press

We understand Mr Philip Thompson has his papers to attend at the Recruiting Office, Cambridge, on 8th March to be enlisted.

Charles Warren

Baptised 5 Jul 1874 Harston, son of Allen & Eliza.  Lived in Button End in 1911, in High Street in 1915. Married 8 Mar 1902 Died 1939 Cambridge. Joined Northamptonshire Regiment 1915 18766

1917 September 14 Cambridge Independent Press

Home on leave, Charles Warren.

Fred Warren

Baptised 5 May 1872 Harston, brother of above. Married 1901 to Ellen Barnes. Died 14 May 1925 Cambridge

George Warren

Born 22 Feb 1894 Harston, son of Harry & Ada. Lived in Button End in 1911. In Newton in 1939. Married 23 Dec 1920 Hauxton to Doris Ella Hunt. Died 13 Jun 1984 Hauxton

Charles Willers

Born 7 Oct & baptised 4 Nov 1888 Harston, son of Thomas & Matilda. Lived in Button End in 1901, in Holmewood House, Peterborough in 1911 and in Derby in 1939. Married in 1919 Derby to Eleanor Weaver. He died in Derby in 1941

1915 June 11 Cambridge Independent Press

Harston has sent 2 more recruits in response to Lord Kitchener’s (latest) appeal, Charlie Willers & Harry Lawrence have joined the Loyal Suffolk Hussars (Yeomanry), then the Machine Gun Corps.

1918 February 22 Cambridge Independent Press

Sgt. C Willers has been home from France for fourteen days leave. He has seen some hard service, but is looking fit, although thin. He was pleased to take back to the front a writing pad and a packet of cigarettes kindly presented to him by Miss Durbin. His brother, Sgt GE Willers is currently serving in France.

George Ernest Willers

Born 18 Dec 1890 & baptised 1 Feb 1891 Harston, brother of the above. Lived in Button End in 1901, in 10 Baldock Way, Cambridge in 1939-45 and in Haslingfield in 1974. Married in 1921 to Edith Warner. He died in Jun 1974 Cambridge. Joined the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort’s Own).

1918 February 22 Cambridge Independent Press

Sgt GE Willers is currently serving in France.

George Thomas Willers

Born Dec 24 1880, baptised 4 Nov 1888 Harston, son of Fred & Eleanor. Married in 1907 to Ida Lily Swan. Lived on High Street in 1911 & 1939. He died in 1970.

1918 June 28 Cambridge Independent Press

News has been received that Sgt GT Willers, of the Suffolk Regiment (now serving with the Rifle Brigade), has been wounded in the right foot. He was hit by a machinegun bullet on May 27th  and is still in hospital in France.

1919 January 3 Cambridge Independent Press

George T Willers, being released from the army, wishes to give notice to the former customers that he intends to carry on the business formerly carried on by his father as carpenter, wheelwright & undertaker at the High Street, Harston, and hopes by personal attention to obtain the favour of their orders in the future.

John Henry Wilson

Born 13 Apr & baptised 25 May 1896 Harston, son of Henry & Mary Ann. Married 1920 Cambridge to Ivy M Griggs In 1911 lived with widowed mother at 7 Hurrells Row, in 1939 at 91 Ainsworth Street, Cambridge He died in 1972 Cambridge.

1914 September 4, 11 Cambridge Independent Press

Splendid response to appeal for recruits for Lord Kitchener’s Second Army, including John Henry Wilson, farm labourer (19)

1916 August 25 Cambridge Independent Press

Two Harston Privates reported wounded and killed are now reported prisoners in Germany. They are Pte Jack Collins and Pte Johnny Wilson. Both are well.

1918 December 3 Cambridge Daily News

The Cambs and Isle of Ely Prisoners of War Help Committee send us the following additional names of local men among repatriated prisoners: 12287 Pte J Wilson of Harston

Frederick William Wing

Born 6 Nov 1895 Harston, son of Harry William. Lived with grandparents in High Street in 1901 Married 21 Dec 1929 Harston to Ada Northrop.

Joined Navy 12 May 1914, serving on HMS Pembroke, Implacable & Vengeance

1915 August 6 Cambridge Independent Press

Freddy Wing is home on 10 days leave from HMS Vengeance which has been busy in the Dardanelles. A native of Harston, now living at Hauxton Mills, Wing is one of our youngest sailors.

Frank Wisbey

Born 16 Jul 1888 Harston, son of Jonathan & Elizabeth. Lived in Church Street in 1901 & 1911, in 176 Christchurch Street, Cambridge in 1915, in 2 Hill View Cottages in 1939. Married 5 Jun 1918 in Belfast to Christina Elizabeth Kincaid. He died Jan 1968 Cambridge.

Joined the Lincolnshire Regiment.

1916 March 3 Cambridge Independent Press

To Join the Colours Mr Peter Thompson, a smallholder of this village &Mr Frank Wisbey left on Tuesday for Bury St Edmunds to take their places in the country’s fighting forces.

Leonard Wisbey

Born 24 Jan 1893 Harston, brother of above. 1901 Census Church St 1911 Gardener’s assistant. 1916 gardener at Holkham Hall. Married Frances Riches 1918 Norfolk. Lived 93 High Street. Died 7 Mar 1973 Harston. Joined Essex Regiment  in 1916.

1917 September 14 Cambridge Independent Press

Home on leave, Leonard Wisbey of Fountain Farm has been slightly wounded.

1918 January 25 Cambridge Independent Press

On  leave from the front, Pte Len Wisbey (who has just recovered from his wounds, and was married in Harston church).

 

 

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