PETERBOROUGH WAR MEMORIAL

Eye War Memorial

In 1920 the Eye Patriotic Association published:
‘The Souvenir Book of Eye, Being Some Records of The Great War, 1914 - 1919, from the parish of Eye, in the Soke of Peterborough, and in the county of Northampton.’ The book was compiled by the Rev. Lawrence P. Field, M.A., vicar of Eye, and Hon. Sec. Of the Eye Patriotic Association.

The book contained, among other information, a list of the men from Eye who were killed in the Great War. This information was gathered from various sources but mainly from the bereaved families. The details they provided are reproduced below after having been checked and corrected by me as far as is possible.

ALLEN, JOHN THOMAS, Private, 27602, 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 25 October 1916, aged 39. Son of Mrs Allen of Eye Green.
Buried in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaultes, Somme, France. Grave reference I. P. 42.

ATKINSON, ARTHUR, Private, Middlesex Regiment. Died of cerebral haemorrhage 1 April 1919 caused by shell-shock after months of intense suffering. Son of Mr and Mrs Atkinson of Northam Cottages, Eye Green. Buried at Eye with military honours. Left a widow. He joined up 16 February 1916, was wounded three times and buried in a shell hole which caused the shell-shock.

BEEBY, ARTHUR, Private, 25187, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 3 May 1917. Brother of Philip Beeby, also killed in action, Hodney Row, Eye. He left a widow and two children.
Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

BEEBY, PHILIP, Private, 14734, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 26 July 1916 in hospital at Rouen. Brother of Arthur Beeby.
Buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave reference A. 38. 7.

BOGGUST, ALFRED HENRY, Shoeing Smith, 2231, 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers). Died of wounds received in action at the Battle of the Aisne 21 September 1914, aged 27. A nephew of Mr and Mrs Cox of West End, Eye, by whom he had been brought up from childhood. Son of Mrs Adams, of 63, Osbourne Road, Southampton.
Buried in Chauny Communal Cemetery British Extension, Aisne, France. Grave reference 6. B. 32.

BRIERS, HERBERT, Private, 14016, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 24 July 1916. Younger son of Mr and Mrs Briers of Eye Green. Brother of Tom Briers. There were six sons, all of whom served in the war.
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11A and 11D.

BRIERS, THOMAS, Lance Corporal, 3/6757, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 27 May 1915 aged 22 years. Son of George and Ellen Briers of Hodney Road, Eye.
Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

BROUGHTON, ARTHUR RODGER, Private, 168512, Driver, M.T. A.S.C. Died at home 28 February 1919 of pneumonia while on leave, aged 33. Left a widow.
Buried in Eye Cemetery, old part. 20, with full military honours.

BROUGHTON, FRED, Private, 17322, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Listed as missing and later killed in action 13 October 1915 aged 19 years. Son of Mr and Mrs J. I. Broughton of Beech Lane, Eye.
Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 91 to 93.

BUTCHER, GEORGE HENRY MASON, Private, 27971, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 17 August 1917, aged 25. Son of George Henry Mason Butcher and Eliza Mason Butcher, of 2, Hodney Row, Eye. Born Wisbech. He left a widow and two children, Hodney Row, Eye.
Buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No.3 Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave reference II. B. 29.

BUTLER, JAMES RICHARD ERNEST, Private, 17120, 7th Northamptonshire Regiment. Reported missing, believed killed in action 27 September 1915. Let a widow and three children. Husband of A. S. Butler, of High Street, Eye.
Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 91 to 93.

CAVE, HARRY ELVIN, Gunner, 39111, 142nd Heavy Bty., Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 16 August 1916. Grandson of Mr and Mrs Cave of Nelson House, Eye, by whom he was brought up.
Buried in Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, France. Grave reference I. R. 5.

COLES, JOSEPH, Private, 39363, 'B' Coy. 9th Norfolk Regiment. Only son of Mr and Mrs Joseph and Annie Coles of South View, Eye. Joined up 21 June 1918 and went to France 11 October 1918. Killed in action 23 October 1918 at Le Souplet and originally buried just outside Baseul, in a paddock 300 yards from Baseul, Catillion Road, with two officers and three comrades, all of them being killed by a shell.
Very widespread sympathy was felt and shown for his parents in the grievous loss of their only child, so soon after joining up. He was a lad of exceptional promise and fine character. All through the early part of the war he was a most faithful worker and collector for the Patriotic Association for various objects. He had a very high sense of duty and was universally beloved.
Later buried in Highland Cemetery. Le Cateau, Nord, France. Grave reference IV. D. 5.

COUSINS, SIDNEY, DCM, Bombardier, 314811, 5th/8th Heavy Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 9 July 1918, aged 20. He was a clerk at the Goods Office at Eye Green Station. Son of Walter and Kezia Cousins, of Swanton Novers, Melton Constable, Norfolk. He was looking forward to coming home to be married to Miss D. Atkinson. He enlisted 21 November 1915 in the Royal Bucks. Hussars. He went to France 19 May 1916 and was attached to a Heavy Trench Mortar Battery. He gained the D.C.M. 31 March 1918.
Extract from a letter from his commanding officer:
“A fire broke out in a gun-pit, and he and another N.C.O. At the head of their men proceeded to put it out. Unfortunately the fire reached the ammunition, which exploded, blowing all the men out of the emplacement. He was alive when picked up, but he died on the way to the dressing station. We had a very impressive funeral and he was buried next to his friend the other N.C.O.”
Buried in Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference II. G. 13.

DEBOO, GEORGE WILLIAM, Private, 9884, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 12 October 1915, buried at Bethune. Son of Mr and Mrs J. Deboo of Hodney Row, Eye. Enlisted 29 December 1913.
Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 91 to 93.

ELSOM, HERBERT, Private, 9009, 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in action 25 September 1915, aged 28. Son of Fred and Eliza Elsom of 5, Council Street, Eye.
Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 19 and 33.

GRIFFIN, HARRY, Private, 50051, 1st Garrison Bn., Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died while on active service in India 18 October 1919. Son of Mrs J. Griffin of High Street, Eye. Left a widow and child.
Commemorated on Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, India, Face 4.

GUNN, HARRY VICKERS, Private, 204470, 7th Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 10 August 1917. Grandson of Mrs Gunn of High Street, Eye.
Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

HALES, SAMUEL, Lance Corporal, 21559, 3rd Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 14 September 1916, aged 20. Son of Mrs Elizabeth Redhead (formerly Mrs S. Hales) of Hodney Bridge, Eye, and the late Samuel Hales.
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and face 8 D.

HOLMES, ALBERT EDWARD, Private, 16814, 7th Northamptonshire Regiment. Reported missing, believed killed in action 27 September 1915, aged 29, (same day as J.R.E. Butler). Son of Mr and Mrs Holmes of Hodney Road, Eye. Husband of Mary Elizabeth Smith (Formerly Holmes), of 118, Ward's Lane, St. John's Street, Peterborough.
Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 91 to 93.

KING, WALTER HOWARD, Bombardier, 57421, 82nd Bty., Royal Field Artillery. Died of Typhus 14 December 1916 at Afion Kara, Turkey, while a prisoner of war, aged 25. Son of Mr Walter Howard King and Mrs Helen King, Thorney Road, Eye.
News of his death was not received until April 1917. He endured all the privations of the historic siege of Kut el Amara under General Townsend, and was taken prisoner when the place capitulated. A splendid young fellow, full of promise. It was an additional grief that no parcels ever reached him, though many were sent.
Buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave reference XXI. L. 44.

KIRCHIN, ALBERT, Private, 30721, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 8 July 1917 aged 29 years. Left a widow and child.
Buried in Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave reference I.C.24.

LANE, CECIL, Private, 13936, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Reported missing believed killed in action 14 July 1916. Son of Mr and Mrs Nathan Lane of Hodney Row, Eye. Like Albert Neaverson, he was reported missing during the Battle of the Somme.
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11A and 11D.

LANGLEY, ARTHUR EDWARD, Private, 91787, 1/6th Durham Light Infantry. Reported missing since 27 May 1918, later reported killed in action on 31 May 1918. Son of Mr and Mrs G. Langley of High Street, Eye. An only son, a lad full of promise and of fine character. For years a faithful member of the church choir, and a server at the altar.
Commemorated on Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France.

LOVE, LEONARD RALPH, Private, 3271, 8th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (inf). Killed in action 25 April 1917 aged 20 years. Brother of Mr Sidney Love, High Street, Eye. Enlisted with the Huntingdonshire Cyclists Corps in 1914, and on coast guard work until 1916, when he volunteered for foreign service and was transferred to the M.G.C. His C.O. wrote: "One of the old hands and one of the best."
Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 10.

MERCHANT, ERNEST MARTIN, Private, 17121, 7th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 August 1917. Son of Mrs Merchant of High Street, Eye.
Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference XXII. 0. 2A.

NEAVERSON, ALBERT EDWARD, Lance Corporal, 13931, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Reported missing believed killed in action 14 July 1916. Son of Mr and Mrs John Neaverson of Eye, (the Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives the address as The Chestnuts, Peakirk, Peterborough). The first intimation of bad news came from the fact of a photograph of Mr and Mrs C.E. Love being found on the battlefield, with no trace of the soldier to whom it belonged. For years it was hoped he was safe until Mrs Neaverson received some more of his possesions also found, finally proving he had been killed.
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11A and 11D.

RANDALL, THOMAS HENRY, Private, 17007, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 4 August 1917. Husband of Annie Hawkins (formerly Randall), of 4, Eyebury Road, Eye.
Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 43 and 45.

RAWDING, ERNEST, Lance Corporal, 203001, 2nd Essex Regiment. Died as a prisoner of war in Germany as a result of wounds received in action 5 June 1918. Son of Mrs Rawding of High Street, Eye. Left a widow and three children.
Buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Koln, (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Grave reference XVII. B. 8.

ROWE, HARRY MALCOLM, Private, TF/204756, 3rd/10th Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action 4 October 1917 aged 20 years. Son of Mr and Mrs Martin Rowe, of Eye Green. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission give the address of his parents as 17, Prince's Avenue, Wood Green, London. He originally enlisted in the 11th battalion as No.1, A Coy. He joined up on 11 August 1914, and as denoted by his regimental number was the first to answer his country's call in that regiment. He was then only 17 years of age. He went to France 30 May 1915 and was wounded at Delville Wood on 5 November 1915 (right forearm fractured by shrapnel). Returned to France 1 June 1916. Wounded at Longueville 15 July 1916 (gunshot wound left leg). He returned to France for the third time 12 September 1917. Reported mising 4 October 1917. Officially reported killed at Paschendaele April 1918. He was the youngest of six sons who served in the forces.
Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 113 to 115.

RUDLAND, FREDERICK, Private, 200826, 1/4th Northamptonshire Regiment. Listed as missing and later reported killed in action 19 April 1917. Lodged with Mrs Peacock of High Street, Eye.
Commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel. Panel 40.

SIMPSON, JOHN WILLIAM, Private, 27183, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 10 May 1917 aged 20 years. Son of Mrs Susannah Simpson of 6, Hodney Row, Eye. Two older brothers also served.
Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.

SMART, JAMES LEOPOLD, Private, 22792, 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment. Reported missing, later killed in action 3 July 1916, aged 20. Son of Mrs Smart of Eye Green, (the Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives the address as 58, St. Margaret's Road, Old Fletton, Peterborough), and nephew of Mr and Mrs Briers. Born at Southwick, Sussex.
Buried in Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Grave reference VI. J. 8.

SMITH, GEORGE, Private, 16200, 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 14 March 1915 aged 21 years. Brought up by his grandparents Mr and Mrs Smith of Abram's Row, Eye Green. Enlisted in November 1914, went to the front in March 1915.
Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Panel 28 to 30, Pas de Calais, France.

SPIRES, GEORGE BRACE, Private, 17401, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 14 October 1915 aged 35 years. He had no living relatives and lodged with Mrs Broughton.
Buried in Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference I. E. 21.

TAYLOR, ARTHUR, Corporal, 14564, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 19 August 1915. Son of Mr and Mrs Taylor of High Street, Eye. The following is an extract from a letter received by Mrs Taylor from Col. Ripley: "He was a fine young fellow and a good soldier. His death will be keenly felt bu all his comrades. He is the first of my regiment to give his life for King and Country."
Buried in Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Grave reference II. E. 2.

TIGGERDINE, WILLIAM, Private, 2070, 1st Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 23 April 1917, aged 41. He left a widow and two children. Son of William and Charlotte Tiggerdine and husband of Annie Tiggerdine, of Speechley's Drove, Borough Fen, Peterborough.
Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.

TOMLINSON, BENJAMIN GEORGE, Private, G/21947, 7th East Kent Regiment. Killed in action 22 August 1918. Grandson of Mr and Mrs Tomlinson, Eye Green, by whom he was brought up.
Commemorated on Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 3.

TWELVETREE, ARTHUR PERCY, Corporal, 27516, 7th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 22 March 1918, aged 28. Son of Mr William and Mrs Annie Twelvetree of 'The Blue Boar', High Street, Eye. Husband of Ellen Mabel Twelvetree, of The Chestnuts, Peakirk, Peterborough. He left one child.
Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 54 to 56.

WESTON, ARTHUR, Private, 26249, 14th Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 9 October 1916, aged 31. Son of Mr W. and Mrs A.E. Weston of Hodney Row, Eye.
Buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme, France. Grave reference V. D. 22.

WRIGHT, GEORGE THOMAS, Private, 42438, 3rd Worcestershire Regiment. Died in hospital at Rouen of wounds received in action 20 November 1918 just before the signing of the armistice. Son of Mr and Mrs Wright of 11. Bowberry Road, Eye.
Buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, SeinMaritime, France. Grave reference S. III. W. 16.

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