Sometime in the mid 1990s I decided to find out more about the men on the local war memorial in Swavesey, Cambridgeshire - which is where I was living at the time. It was pre-internet so my starting point was the local phone book and microfiche newspaper records. When the internet did arrive, I learnt to write HTML and published my findings online. This opened up a whole new world for me - leading to many friendships, loads of battlefield walking and, eventually, a Masters in Military History at the University of Birmingham. Having cleaned up my old website I thought I'd make my findings available through my blog.
The Roll of Honour of Swavesey Men who were Killed in Action, or who Died from Wounds or Disease in the Great War, 1914 - 1919
"Their name liveth for evermore"
The Memorial Hall, Swavesey, Cambridgeshire
|George Brooks||1st East Lancashire Regt.||Killed in Action 14 Nov.,1914|
|Henry Beaumont||7th Canadian Infantry||Missing, believed Killed 24-26 April,1915|
|Jonas Dodson||11th Suffolk Regt.||Missing, believed killed 1 July,1916|
|James William Prior||11th Suffolk Regt.||Missing, believed killed 1 July,1916|
|Wilfred Hepher, D.C.M.||Royal Engineers||Killed in Action 15 Sep.,1916|
|Walter Neal||1st Bedford Regt.||Died of Wounds 12 Sept.,1916|
|George Henry Norman||7th R.W.Kent Regt.||Died of Wounds 3 Oct.,1916|
|Alfred Aaron Linford||11th Suffolk Regt.||Killed in Action 28 April,1917|
|James William Hepher||11th Suffolk Regt.||Missing, believed killed 28 April,1917|
|James Harold Parish||11th R.W.Kent Regt.||Killed in Action 1 Aug.,1917|
|Samuel John Froment||10th Queen's (R.W.S.) Regt.||Killed in Action 5 Aug.,1917|
|Walter Metcalf||11th R.W.Kent Regt.||missing, believed killed 20 Sept.,1917|
|Henry George Graves||Royal Garrison Art.||Died of Wounds 25 March,1918|
|George Beaumont, MC||13th East Surrey Regt.||Died of Wounds 9 April,1918|
|Harold Charles Howlett||11th Suffolk Regt.||Missing, believed Killed 9-19 April,1918|
|William Harden||5th Shropshire L.I.||Died (Bronchitis) 29 april,1918|
|James William Goad||Royal Army Service Corps||Died (Dysentry) in Italy, 28 July,1918|
|Walter Coulson||Royal Engineers||Died of Wounds 2 Oct.,1918|
|Joseph Barker Parish||1st East Kent Regt.||Died of Wounds 11 Nov.,1918|
|Cyril George Hepher||7th East Yorks. Regt.||Died of Wounds 30 Nov.,1918|
|Alfred Large||1/1st Yorkshire Dragoons||Died (Pneumonia) 29 April, 1919|
1st Royal Scots Fusiliers
Killed in Action 25 September.,1915
Herbert James Martin
2nd Suffolk Regt.
Killed in Action 30 Sept.,1915
|Alfred Charles Dodson||2nd Essex Regt.||Killed in Action 15 Aug.,1918|
|Arthur George Ding||4th Rifle brigade||Died of Wounds when Prisoner of War in Bulgaria,16 Aug.,1918|
|James William Wright||2/7th W.Riding Regt.||Killed in Action 1 Nov., 1918|
The Swavesey Chronicles
Stories from a Fenland village during the 1914-1918 War
John Symonds - An interesting account of life in a POW camp following Lance Corporal Symonds' capture on the 22nd March 1918 at the start of the Ludendorff Offensive.
Arthur Beaumont - Arthur's own account of his wartime experiences. A fascinating supplement to "The Beaumont Boys".
Gunner G.E. Canham - A Swavesey man's experience with the guns in Mesopotamia.
The Memorial Hall - The story of how the Swavesey community viewed the war. Includes an analysis of developing media attitude and the response of various local institutions.
A series of recollections by F.C.Wood B.A. Cantab. (now deceased). The writer was the son of Charley Wood, the school master. The family lived in the school house opposite the village playing field.