Duxford War Memorial 1939-1945

The Second World War 1939-1945

In the November 1985 Chatterbox there was an article by Freda Camp about there being fewer and fewer people present on Remembrance Sundays who remembered those listed as having died in the Second World War, and she wrote a little on each of them:

  • “James Skeats grew up in the village, a lively auburn-haired young man, who sang in the choir in St. Peter’s Church, worked for Hardings the builders, and died in Italy.
  • Robert Haylock, grew up in the village and was a roundsman to Marriotts, the butcher.  After many months as a prisoner of war, he died in Burma.
  • The Culham brothers lived in College Farmhouse, near St John’s Church.  Frank Culham was a sergeant in 14 Sqdn RAF and was shot down in his Blenheim bomber over Tunisia on Wednesday 21st May 1941.  James Culham was a temp. Lt. R.N. who died in HMS Submarine Regent, on 1st May 1943, aged 23, in the Adriatic.  Their father was also in the Navy.
  • Colin McIntyre Brown, brother of Mrs Gordon Johnson, lived on The Green and was an officer in the Army.
  • Philip Marriott was the butcher’s son (an only child) and was killed in action as a bomber pilot during the Battle of Britain.
  • Douglas Howe (known as Ginger) lived at Duxford Grange Farm and worked at Parkers Poultry Farm in Thriplow. He died in a mine explosion in 1940.
  • George Moule lived at the Gate House in Hinxton Road (his mother lived (1985) in Lacey’s Way). He served in the Royal Navy and drowned in the Adriatic Sea whilst on a secret mission.
  • A.E. Miles, a very young man, lived on Royston Road. The family have now (1985) left the village.”

Freda herself worked during the war in nurse training posts and also helped deliver mail around the village. Freda also wrote that in 1985 the War Memorial was cared for by Dennis Smith and Jack Camp, both ex-servicemen.

Thanks to Tina Jones for a copy of the above article, reproduced in the Chatterbox in October 2015.

Perhaps it was the relief and joy after the “The War to end all Wars”, to which the then small village of Duxford had sent about one hundred men, fifteen of whom had not returned home, that led Albert and Ellen Haylock to give their son, Herbert, the second name of “Armistice”. Whilst serving with 287 Field Company, Royal Engineers, he was captured in Singapore, died as a POW on Saturday 25 September 1943 and is buried near the River Kwai in Burma.”

The above is an extract from a Chatterbox article written by Mr Philip Wade – it elicited the following response from Mary Wakefield (1912-2015):

Dear Chatterbox,

I feel I must write and thank the person for writing the article in Chatterbox about my parents Albert and Ellen Haylock and my brother Herbert Armistice Haylock.

My parents heard from the War Office that my brother died at Burma and was buried in a wartime cemetery at Tanzeba so this must be near the River Kwai.

My brother worked for Mr Marriott the butcher and used to deliver meat to his customers, so he was well known. One of the “highlights” of his job was to take the joints of meat with the names to the Rev Browning who put the names on the meat and then my brother used to take them to the customers as a present for Christmas from the Rev Browning.

I am Herbert’s sister Mary. I am 96 and am now living at “The Lodge” in Great Shelford. I had to pack up my home as I couldn’t look after myself. I must thank you again for the trouble you have taken to remember my brother and parents.

Yours sincerely

Mary Wakefield.

As published in The Duxford Chatterbox, March 2009

Page kindly contributed by Mr Tim Chudleigh and Mr Philip Wade




Kelly McDonald came to Sawston during World War 2 as part of the USA Eighth Army Air Force’s 66th Fighter Wing. The story of that Unit’s role and stay in Sawston is told in A Streetfull of Sad Sacks by Abe Easey. With thanks to http://www.family.nigellane.org.uk