Lest we forget - Carlton’s lost men
This presentation about the men who's names are listed on the Carlton War Memorial was researched and given at the Remembrance Sunday service on the 11th November 2017 by Tracey Murphy.
Most of the young men from Carlton enlisted in Newmarket although Ernest Hullyer and Harry Clements went to Cambridge to sign up. They joined a variety of regiments although the majority were signed up to the Suffolk regiment in different battalions.
Ernest William and Edwin Albert Hullyer
Two of the older sons of William and Kate Elizabeth Hullyer of Carlton Green. William was a labourer and later horsekeeper. They had 10 children in total, the others appear to have lived to adulthood. Both William and Kate died in their 70s in the 1940s.
Ernest became a private in the 7th Battalion Suffolk regiment. He died of his wounds in France on May 5th 1917 and is commemorated at Duisans British Cemetery in Pas de Calais. He was 21 years old.
Edwin enlisted first in the Royal West Kent Regiment and later as a private in the 22nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on May 3rd 1917 and is commemorated at the Arras memorial in Pas de Calais, about 10 miles away from his brother. He was just 19.
Even though they were in different regiments, William and Kate’s two boys were both lost in the Battle of Arras, just 2 days apart.
Frank and Hugh Heath
Sons of William and Mary Heath of Willingham Green. Both boys enlisted as privates in the East Surrey regiment but Hugh later joined the 2nd Battalion the Suffolk Regiment. Both Frank and Hugh were killed in fighting in the Somme. Frank on June 13th 1916 aged 24 and Hugh on August 16th 1916 aged 21. Like the Hullyers, William and Mary Heath lost their two boys very close together, in fact in the space of two months. Frank is commemorated at Carnoy Military Cemetery and Hugh at the Thiepval Memorial.
Son of George and Eliza Taylor of Willingham Green. George was a labourer on Norney Farm near Lopham's Hall. Arch was 4th of nine children. His parents had lost their first two babies - twin girls who died in infancy at 5 and 9 days old in 1868. Arch enlisted as a private in the 8th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. He also fought in the Somme and died of his wounds on September 27th 1916 aged 30. He is buried at Puchevillers British Cemetery in the Somme.
Thomas Frederick Thompson
Second son of Frederick and Alma Ann Thompson who lived at Lopham’s Hall. Frederick is listed as a labourer on Norney Farm. Tom was a private in the 8th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, possibly alongside Arch Taylor. He was killed in action during the Battle of Passchendale on October 12th 1917 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial in Belgium alongside the 35,000 others whose bodies were never recovered.
Harry Clement Trundley
The youngest son of George Warren and Emma Ann Trundley. George was also a labourer in Carlton. Harry was one of 8 children. He was a private in the 20th London, the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. He was killed in action in France on October 20th 1918, probably in the Battle of Cambrai, just a few weeks before the end of the war. He is buried in Romeries Communal Cemetery.
There is some uncertainty about the other men listed on our memorial but they are…
Harry Sidney Clements
Probably: Youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Clements, of Fulbourn. There is a record of the marriage of a James Clements and Edith Ingle of Carlton Grange on our Parish Register so this may be his link to Carlton. He was a private in the 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment and was killed in action 13th November 1916 aged 19. He is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial in the Somme, along with Hugh Heath and the 72,000 others who have no known grave.
Probably: the son of George and Sarah Ann Smith, of Carlton Grange, Brinkley, He was born in Coddenham, Suffolk. He was Acting Corporal in the 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment when he died of wounds on 17th October 1916 aged 26. He is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery in the Pas de Calais.
William Charles Mansfield
Possibly: son of W. C. and Mary Ann Esther Mansfield from Bletchley, Bucks. William was born in Cambridge and enlisted in Maidstone as a Private (in the 18th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). He was killed in action 22nd August 1918 in Flanders. Like Harry Trundley he died in the Hundred Days Offensive, the final action of the war. He was 19 and is commemorated on Vis-en-Artois memorial, Pas de Calais, alongside nearly 10,000 others with no known grave.
Neither William Mansfield nor John Smith are recorded in Carlton-cum-Willingham parish registers although they are listed on the roll of honour and are remembered in our village.
The village suffered many losses during the Somme Offensive, the largest battle of the First World war on the Western Front where over a million young men were wounded or killed. Frank and Hugh Heath, Arch Taylor, Harry Clements and John Smith were among them. They died in June, August, September, October and November of 1916. Losses were also recorded in May and October of 1917 and in August and October of 1918. With news of losses reaching home so frequently we can only imagine what it must have been like for those families left waiting.
We suffered only two losses in WW2 although for some among us who remember them personally, these may feel more poignant
Eric Herbert Hullyer
The third of five children of Herbert George and Louisa Hullyer. Eric was the younger cousin of Ernest and Edwin Hullyer who died in WW1, their fathers being brothers. He was a driver in the Royal Army Service Corps. He was injured in December 1940 and sent home to Cambridge Hospital Aldershot where he died of his injuries on December 10th. Eric was buried here in our churchyard with full military honours. His grave is set back from the path along which we have all just walked.
Henry James Burton (known as Jimmy)
Jimmy was an only child who lived with his family in Rood Hall. Little is known of them. Jimmy was a flight sergeant, wireless operator and gunner flying Lancasters in 153 squadron Royal Airforce Volunteer reserves.He was shot down over Germany and died on February 21st 1945 aged 20 just a few months before the end of the war. He is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Germany.
I hope that this small insight into the lives of these men and their families will ensure that the twelve names on our memorial will mean a little more to us in future.