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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
East Cambridgeshire
Town
Soham
County
Cambridgeshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War - civilians, VC or GC Recipients
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 1 June 1947
    Attended by: LORD LIEUTENANT OF CAMBRIDGESHIRE (AND ISLE OF ELY)
  • Dedicated
    Date: 1 June 1947
    Attended by: Bishop of Ely
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
46611

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Current location

St Andrew's Church
High Street
Soham
East Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
CB7 5GZ
England

OS Grid Ref: TL 59328 73177
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Rectangular tablet with incised inscription in sentence case.
Inscription
This tablet commemorates the heroic action of/ Fireman J. W. Nightall G. C. who gave his life &/ Driver B. Gimbert G. C. who was badly injured/ whilst detaching a blazing wagon from an/ Ammunition train at Soham station at 1.43 a.m./ June 2nd 1944. The station was totally destroyed &/ considerable damage was done by the explosion/ The devoption to duty of these brave men saved/ the town of Soham from grave destruction/ Signalman Bridges was killed whilst on duty &/ Guard H. Clarke suffered from shock/ Be strong and quit yourselves like me.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 4
    Served and returned: 2
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, date of death, place of death, manner of death, occupation, additional, decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 1
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, date of death, place of death, manner of death, occupation, additional, decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
  • CHURCH OF ST ANDREW
  • Grade I
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Cambridgeshire Times page 9, 10 June 1966
  • Ely Standard 1 October 1981; 7 June 1984; 25 October 1984

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