Cambridgeshire Regiment special: Honouring the heroes

PUBLISHED: 12:10 27 July 2006 | UPDATED: 11:56 04 May 2010

This photograph shows the platoon of Ely men in D (March and Ely) company with their  officer. It was taken in June/July 1916 before the Cambs Regiment moved to the Somme in August 1916.

This photograph shows the platoon of Ely men in D (March and Ely) company with their officer. It was taken in June/July 1916 before the Cambs Regiment moved to the Somme in August 1916.

THE Cambridgeshire Regiment Association is to host a commemoration and reunion event at Ely Cathedral on October 14. The association was to contact all descendants of the men who served in the Cambridgeshire Regiment and played a part in the Schwaben Redo

THE Cambridgeshire Regiment Association is to host a commemoration and reunion event at Ely Cathedral on October 14. The association was to contact all descendants of the men who served in the Cambridgeshire Regiment and played a part in the Schwaben Redoubt offensive. Family members will be invited to the commemorative service at the cathedral and a presentation at the Haywood Theatre at Ely's King's School later in the day. All registered regiment members are welcome to attend the event.

The association has also arranged a trip to the battlefield on September 1. There will be a service at the Redoubt site and the party will return via Ypres in Belgium, to attend The Last Post service at Menin Gate.

Freddie Grounds, president of the Cambridgeshire Regiment Association, hopes the party will include a detachment from the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment, which was part of the detachment from D Company originally part of the Cambridgeshires old rifle regiment.

To register your interest in either the Commemoration Day or the trip to the battlefields, or if you think you have a relative who took part in the Schwaben Redoubt, contact Martin Boswell at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, CB2 4QR or email: mboswell@iwm.org.uk

Our historian Lynne Turner is also compiling some of the personal stories and memories of the historical event, she will be featuring some of these in the Ely Standard, you can contact her on 01353 667831 or email: news@ely-standard.co.uk

'Conspicuous gallantry'

FORTY-one medals were awarded for gallantry to the Cambridgeshires for their part in the storming of the Schwaben Redoubt - almost certainly a record for a single day's action.

The commander, Lt Col Edward Riddell was awarded the DSO for "conspicuous gallantry in action". His citation also said: "He showed the greatest skill and foresight in assembling his battalion and subsequently launching them to the attack without a casualty in broad daylight, on ground observed by the enemy, His personal bravery, energy and example exercised great influence over all ranks."

Local soldiers awarded the DCM for "conspicuous gallantry" in the action were:

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL

Pte P G Cornwel (D company): Son of Police Inspector A Cornwall, Ely Police.

Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He carried a most important message under very heavy fire. He has previously done fine work."

This DCM was for either October 14 at capture of Schwaben Redoubt or on November 11 at St Pierre Divion.

Jointly awarded with Pte Wayman.

Pte Alfred Walter Wayman (D company): Lived Potters Lane, Ely.

Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He carried a most important message under very heavy fire. He has previously done fine work."

This DCM was for either October 14 at capture of Schwaben Redoubt or November 13 at St Pierre Divion.

Joint awarded with Pte Cornwell.

KiA 31-7-17, at St Julien, Ypres, age 21. Listed Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial to the Missing, Belgium.

MILITARY MEDAL

L/Cpl Walter Lupson: Ely.

For October 14 at Redoubt (B Company - sniper).

Cpl Walter Sidney Sallis: Son of John Riches Sallis and Sarah Sallis, Peter's Cottage, Ely Road, Littleport. For October 14 at Redoubt. Sgt, KiA 29-7-17, while on a working party carrying trench mortar shells from the canal bank at Ypres to the front line, age 29. Buried Dunhallow ADS Cemetery, Belgium.

Cpl Harry Gordon Teverson: Son of Mr and Mrs W Teverson, of Cambridge Road, Ely. Formerly of March and attended March Grammar School. For October 14 at Redoubt. (D Company 13 platoon, 1/st Cambridgeshire Rgt.

Teverson was discharged to a commission on 26-6-17, in 8th Suffolk Rgt, later transferred to 2nd Suffolk Rgt when 8th btn disbanded. While serving in 2nd Suffolk in 1918 he was awarded the Military Cross and two bars.

# Teverson's MC and two bars and a Military Medal is an extremely rare combination of gallantry awards.

Ely Men Who Were Killed In Action On October 14.

Pte Charles Bailey Charles, son of William & Ellen Jane Bailey, Water Side, Soham. Wounded and missing (D Company), age 21. Listed on the Thiepval Memorial - To The Missing, Somme, France. On Soham memorial.

Cpl William Ernest Benton, Station Road, Ely. Died while bombing a German dugout . Buried Connaught Cemetery, Somme, France. Name on Ely memorial.

Pte Walter Leonard Burgess, labourer from Haddenham. Missing. On Thiepval Memorial and Haddenham memorial.

Pte George Willliam Hitch, Stretham. Missing. Buried Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval, Somme France. On Stretham memorial.

Pte Ernest Shaw, son of Mr and Mrs George Shaw, Clay Street, Soham. Wounded and missing. Thiepval Memorial. On Soham memorial.

Pte George Henry Stafford, Littleport. Missing. Buried Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval, Somme France. On Littleport memorial.

Ely Men Who Were Wounded On October 14.

Pte Charles Beezley, of Ely

Pte Ernest Beeton, of Soham

Cpl Thomas Harold Burns, of Stuntney

L/cpl Joseph Britton, of Ely

Pte J Clack, of Littleport

L/Cpl Frank Clarke, of Ely

Pte John Cole, of Littleport

Pte Charles Haigh, of Ely

Pte William Hines, of Littleport

Pte John Hitch, of Ely

Pte Albert Killock, of Ely

Pte John Legge, of Littleport

Pte Harold Moden, of Ely

Pte Percy Aubrey Norman, of Ely

Pte William George Oakey, of Ely

Pte Josh Rogers, of Littleport

Pte Oliver Thurmott, of Ely

Pte C Vail, of Ely

Pte Harold Webster, of Ely

Pte Arthur Wells, of Soham

Pte Thomas Owen Yarrow, Silver St, Ely. (Later died of his wounds on October 16. He was aged 22.

# This photograph shows the platoon of Ely men in D (March and Ely) company with their officer. It was taken in June/July 1916 before the Cambs Regiment moved to the Somme in August 1916.

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