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The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial
Grade II Listed
The Roll of Honour
A local history and genealogy page for the Parish of Wimpole.

Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial c1920
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial
Twenty-One Names on the Roll of Honour
- Lest we Forget -

The Roll of Honour
1914-1918
"In proud and grateful memory of
the men of Wimpole and Arrington
who gave their lives for their country
in the Great War 1914-1918"
Captain The Hon T C R Agar-Robartes Coldstream Guards (Wimpole)
Private E G Clarke 7th Suffolk Regiment (Arrington)
Private H Collin 11th Suffolk Regiment (Arrington)
Private H Ingrey 7th Suffolk Regiment (Arrington)
Sergeant W Ingrey 1st Bedfordshire Regiment (Wimpole) [1]
Private D Matthews 11th Suffolk Regiment (Wimpole) [1]
Private J W Neaves 5th Kings Shropshire Light Infantry (Wimpole) [1]
Private A H Pell 2nd Queens Royal West Surrey (Wimpole) [1]
Corporal C Pratt 2nd Rifle Brigade (Wimpole) [1]
Private A F Reynolds 11th Suffolk Regiment (Arrington) [1]
Private E C Skinner 7th Suffolk Regiment (Wimpole)
Private F Skinner 11th Suffolk Regiment (Wimpole)
Private H Skinner 7th Suffolk Regiment (Wimpole)
Private F Smith 1st Bedfordshire Regiment (Arrington)
Lance Corporal W Wayman 11th Suffolk Regiment (Wimpole)
Acting Corporal G Whetstone 2nd Rifle Brigade (Wimpole) [1]
Private H Wilkins 11th Suffolk Regiment (Wimpole)
Private F G Wisbey 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment (Arrington) [1]
1939-1945
Leading Aircraftwoman F E Allison W.A.A.F (Arrington)
Private W R Bullen 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment (Wimpole)
Private J W Law 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment(Arrington)
The servicemen and women are listed under the Parishes of Arrington or Wimpole
as shown on the Cambridgeshire County War Memorial in Ely Cathedral.
[1] Indicates pages being rebuilt (December 2019)

Also Remembered
Edward Cartwright (1882-1916)   Charles George Cartwright (1882-1916)
[above right] Second Lieutenant Charles George Cartwright, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in Action on 19 April 1916. No known grave. Twin of Edward [below], son of the Reverend George Dawson Cartwright (Rector at Wimpole and Arrington from 1897 to 1913) and Maria Cartwright. Commemorated on the family grave in Wimpole Churchyard and on Panels 31 and 33, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
[above left] Private 180598 Edward Cartwright, 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, Embarked from Halifax, Canada for France on the "SS Olympic" on 31 May 1916. Died of his wounds, aged 34, on 11 October 1916 at the 2nd Northern General Hospital, Leeds. Buried in the family grave in Wimpole Churchyard in an official CWGC war grave. Twin of Charles George [above], son of the Reverend George Dawson Cartwright (Rector at Wimpole and Arrington from 1897 to 1913) and Maria Cartwright. Husband to Mary Margaret Cartwright of 1526 Beach Drive, Oak May, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Also listed for this parish in the Second World War Book of Remembrance at Ely Cathedral:
L C Meadows. [No details known]

Each year by arrangement with the local branch of the British Legion, Wimpole and Arrington Parish Councils each lay a poppy wreath at the Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial to give grateful thanks on behalf of their parishioners to those who gave their lives in the two World Wars.
From 2019, Wimpole Parish Council has arranged for two further wreaths to be laid on two grave markers in Wimpole Churchyard: (1) on the official CWGC war grave of Private Edward Cartwright, Canadian Infantry (see above), and (2) the family grave that commemorates the lives of the three Skinner brothers from Wimpole (Edward, Frank and Harry)

Historic England put out an online Press Release ahead of Remembrance Day 2019 to highlight that 42 local War Memorials in the East of England had been awarded Grade II Status during 2019. The Press Release was picked up across the web, this example is on the Cambridge Network site: "First World War Memorials listed in East of England as Centenary of First Two-Minute Silence is Remembered". Not only was our Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial featured as the header photograph but it was also given "top billing", using additional information taken from wimpolepast.org. The story was also picked up on the 'Royston Crow' website. (06 Nov 2019)

The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial shortly after dedication c1921
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial shortly after dedication c1921.
Image courtesy of Brenda and Michael Skinner (2003)

The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial rededication service c1947
The re-dedication service following the Second World War, c1947.
Image courtesy of Keith Bullen (2002).

The Memorial
The Grade II listed memorial to the fallen of the villages of Wimpole and Arrington is a rough Cornish granite wheel cross with a sword carved in relief on the front face. At the base of the shaft is a polished area with a list of the names of the World War II fallen. The cross stands on a rough granite stone plinth and base; the plinth has a polished front face, upon which is a dedication and a list of World War I fallen.
The memorial is sited within a paved area surrounded by a raised sandstone kerb and posts. A vase with an inscription on its front face stands in front of the memorial. The whole is situated in a gravelled area within a closed junction off Ermine Street (the A1198). The corner used to be the significant road junction situated midway between the villages of Wimpole and Arrington.
In 2008/9 English Heritage and the Wolfson Foundation provided £890 towards work to clean the memorial, replace a missing lead letter, re-paint the letters, to clean the kerbs, posts and concrete slabs and to replace the broken slab.
The memorial was Grade II listed in March 2019. The citation includes "as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the 20th century"
The memorial is maintained jointly by Arrington and Wimpole Parish Councils, financially supported by the War Memorials Trust (WMT Ref: WM2347) and listed on the War Memorials Archive. The Historic England Grade II listing is here.

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The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial pictured in 2011
© Photographed by Lorraine and Keith Bowdler
War Memorial research by Steve Odell.
The War Memorial Project would welcome any additional information, photographs or memories for this online memorial.
Please contact the website.

This page was last updated on: 3 December 2019.


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