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Cambridgeshire Regiment

Territorial Force:

  • 1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
  • 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
  • 2/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
  • 3/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
  • 4/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment

       The 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment was raised in August 1914 in Cambridge, a Territorial Battalion with the East Midland Brigade in East Anglian Division. They had their HQ at 14 Corn Exchange Street, Cambridge. A and D Coys were recruited from Cambridge, Great Shelford and Burwell. B Coy from Cambridge and Sawston, C coy from Cambridge and Madingley. E Coy from Wishbech, F Coy from Whittlesea, Coates and Thorney. G Coy from March, Chatteris, Benwick and Doddington, H Coy from Ely and Sutton.The battalion moved to Romford on mobilization and then to Long Melford, to Stowlangtoft in September and then to Bury St Edmunds in November. They proceeded to France on the 15th of February 1915, landing at Le Havre where they joined 82nd Brigade, 27th Division. They saw action at St Eloi and The Second Battle of Ypres. The battalion left 27th Division when the Division was ordered to Salonika, remaining in France and joining 118th Brigade in 39th Division on the 29th of February 1916. They saw action in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the Third Battles of Ypres in 1917, on the Somme and the Battles of the Lys in 1918. 39th Division suffered heavily on the Lys and was reduced to a cadre and subsequently became a training Division supervising courses of instruction for American troops who had just arrived in Flanders. The 1st Cambridgeshires transferred to 35th Brigade, 12th Division on the 9th of May 1918 and absorbed more than 400 men from 7th Suffolk Regiment to bring them back to full strength. They saw action on the Somme, in the Battles of the Hindenburg Line and the Final Advance in Artois. After the Armistice 12th Division moved to an area east of Douai and were engaged with battlefield salvage until all the men had been demobilized.

    5th May 1915 Digging Trenches

    13th Jun 1915 Instruction

    6th Jul 1916 On the March

    7th Jul 1917 Reliefs

    15th July 1917 Front line action and reliefs

    31st Jul 1917 Attack Made

    23rd Aug 1917 Reliefs

    6th Sep 1917 Reliefs

    23rd Sep 1917 Reliefs

    25th Sep 1917 Into Position

    2nd Oct 1917 Inspection

    31st Oct 1917 Reliefs Completed

    25th Sep 1918 Medals Awarded

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    Those known to have served with

    Cambridgeshire Regiment

    during the Great War 1914-1918.

    • Charretie William Henry. Pte. 32nd (East Ham Pals) Btn (d.22nd March 1918)
    • Cook George Arthur. Pte. 1st Btn.
    • Doggett George Patrick. 2nd Lt. 69th Trench Mortar Battery (d.4th Jul 1917)
    • Lister Rudolph Beckley. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd August 1918)
    • Smith Joseph Arthur. Pte. 1st Btn, B Coy. (d.12th Feb 1917)
    • Wood Charles. Pte

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    2nd Lt. George Patrick Doggett 69th Trench Mortar Battery Royal Artillery (d.4th Jul 1917)

    George Doggett enlisted in 1914 and embarked with the Cambridge Territorials on 14th February 1915. He went to officer training in Bristol and joined the 7th West Ridings attached to the 10th West Ridings with duty in the 69th Trench Mortar Battery. He was wounded on 7th of June 1917 at Hill 60. He died of his wounds on 4th July 1917.

    Michael Contratto


    Pte. William Henry Charretie 32nd (East Ham Pals) Btn Royal Fusiliers (d.22nd March 1918)

    I do not want my great uncle William Charretie to be forgotten which is why I am researching his military service as much as I can anyway. Billie was my Nan's brother whom she loved dearly. Billie was born in Walworth, in 1894 and married his wife Ann Hardy from East Ham in June 1915, a few months prior to him signing up, I presume. He was transferred when the 32nd was disbanded in March 1918 to the 1/1st Battalion of the Cambridgeshires, and was killed on March 22nd 1918 at Longavesnes during the beginning of the First Battle of the Somme 1918.

    I am very proud that he gave his life for our country and am actively trying to find more information.

    Philip Shock


    Pte Charles Wood Somerset Light Infantry

    My paternal grandfather, Charles Henry Wood, served in the Somerset Light Infantry, the Devonshire Regiment, Suffolk & Cambridge Regiment and also the Lincolnshire Regiment during WW1. He served in France, we think at the Somme and was in Ypres at some time during that war. He joined the Devon Regiment in 1914 but was invalided out in 1915, not to be "put off" he rejoined and served in other regiments until they too discharged him on medical grounds. He also served in India, but as yet I have found no information on that, however I remember as a child being told stories of his time there. He never spoke about his time in France. I am very proud to have known him. He died in 1973.

    Sandra Roberts


    Pte. Joseph Arthur Smith 1st Btn, B Coy. Cambridgeshire Regiment (d.12th Feb 1917)

    In memory of my maternal great great uncle, Private Joseph Arthur Smith. He was wounded on the Somme in October 1916 and was evacuated home where he died of his wounds on 12th February 1917. He is buried with a military headstone in Babraham church yard & remembered on the memorial in the village. He was 21.

    Steve Hyman


    Pte. George Arthur Cook 1st Btn.

    I am now 80years of age and before I pass on I would like to find out more about my dear father, George Cook to pass on to further generations. I, like so many other young men was only interested in chasing young girls and not taking all that much interest in my fathers war. Just lately I have found out that he must have been in the thick of battles having been into hospital at Etaples in 1917 for a gunshot wound and then into Rouen hospital 9th August 1918 for results of a gas shell. He apparently served 4years and 303 days with the 1st Btn, Cambridge Regiment and then the 7th Btn Suffolk Regiment, so must have seen a vast amount of fighting. I would love to know in what battles he must have fought and any other aspects of his war.

    He had great courage and joined the AFS in Ipswich during WW11, going to the dock area where he came home with a live, perfect condition incendiary bomb which I de-fused and used the contents to make fireworks. I kept this bomb on display in my hall until about four years ago when I presented it to the Ipswich museum and I only hope it has been saved and not destroyed.

    Russell G. S. Cook

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