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In memory of

John Wallis Neaves

Private 20870. 5th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
(Previously 35188, 11th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment)

Died: Monday 12 February 1917, aged 35.

[Wimpole]


Lest We Forget






Born: 1881 in Barrington, Cambridgeshire.
Conscripted: Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, 2 August 1916.
Died: Monday 12 February 1917, aged 35.
How died: Trench Pneumonia and Subsequent Kidney Failure.
Theatre of War: France and Flanders.

John 'Jack' Wallis Neaves was the eldest son of Charles Neaves and Sarah (Papworth) of Barrington, born in 1881. He married Emma Neaves (nee Watts)(1880-1964) of Wimpole on the 20th April 1908 at Mitcham in Surrey. Daughter Elsie Neaves (1909-1998) was born at Wimpole on the 4th July 1909 followed two years later by daughter Ethel Neaves (1911-1964) on the 26 May 1911.



Husband of Emma Neaves (nee Watts) of Wimpole, Cambridgeshire
and father to daughters Elsie and Ethel

After his marriage to Emma they lived in a cottage in Old Wimpole called 'The Woodyard'. Jack was an estate carpenter. He also 'did the gas for Wimpole Hall'. His photograph is on page 90 of the Wimpole Hall National Trust booklet [he is standing beside his uncle Albert in the Timber Yard, five from the right]. By the time he was conscipted he had been employed for 15 years on the Wimpole Estate and was 35 years old.

Jack enlisted in Meldreth on the 2nd August 1916 into the 11th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment (regimental number 35188). Before he shipped to France in November, he was transferred to the 5th Battlaion of the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, where he was Private 20870.

While he was in the trenches near Arras he was taken ill during the 10th February and died of pneumonia and kidney failure two days later. He had been in the army for just over six months.



Grave: IV.B.6

Cemetery: Avesnes-le-Comte Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

"Death Divides
Memory Clings"


(Inscription requested by Mrs E Neaves of New Wimpole)

Avesnes-le-Comte is a large village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, approximately 20 Kms west of Arras and 18 Kms south-east of St. Pol. The cemetary extension, contains 333 graves, 4 of which are unidentified.




The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial photographed in 2011

The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial pictured in 2011
© Photographed by Lorraine and Keith Bowdler

The servicemen and women are listed under the Parishes of Arrington or Wimpole
as shown on the Cambridgeshire County War Memorial in Ely Cathedral.

Researched by Steve Odell.
The War Memorial Project would welcome any further information, photographs or memories of
John Wallis Neaves for this page.
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