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46 Hemingford Road

History of 46 Hemingford Road

1911:

William Sanders, 31, police constable, b Yorks

Jessie, 31, b Cambridge

William George [Lank], 3, b Cambridge

John Wallage, 25, boarder, police constable, b Wood Ditton

John Wallage: Acting Sergeant 6318, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 4th March 1915. Born Wood Ditton, enlisted Bury St Edmund’s. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21. See also Cambridge Guildhall (St Paul’s Roll of Honour)

Cambridge Independent Press – Friday 19 March 1915:

SUFFOLKS’ LOSSES.
The past week has brought news of the  death at the front of many local soldiers, chiefly belonging to the Suffolks.

Sergt. John Wallage, Cambridge.

We regret to announce the death of Sergt. John Wallage, of the 1st Suffolks, which occurred in the trenches on March 5th. Sergt. Wallage was well known in Cambridge, for before he rejoined the colours on August 4th he had served for four years in the Cambridge Borough Police Force, and was looked on as a man of great promise. He was born in 1886 at Woodditton, near Newmarket, where his parents still reside, and before joining the force in Cambridge in 1911 he served his time in the 1st Suffolk Regiment. On being recalled to the colours he was promoted to the rank sergeant, and has been at the since the outbreak of the war. The Chief Constable, Mr. Charles E. Holland, has received the following letter from the late sergeant’s father, Mr. Thomas Wallage, under date March 11th, 1915: Dear Sir, I much regret to inform you of the death of my dear son, which occurred last Friday. He was shot through the head while in the trenches, and his death was immediate. We had letter from his officer saying it was only too true that he died fighting for his country.”

P.C. Wallage , besides being one of the most promising men in the force, was also the best runner, and one the best rifle shots in the Borough Police Miniature Rifle Club. He early established a reputation as an athlete at the Borough Police Sports, and also figured in several other sports meetings, winning numerous prizes. It remembered once how his turn speed proved of considerable value while on duty, when he gave chase to and caught some runaway thieves in the Madingley-road. He was a man of genial good nature, very much attached to his work, and respected throughout the force, and in a wide circle of friends outside for his many sterling qualities. His death will be deeply regretted, though his friends can take some consideration from the fact that he died as he would like to have died, doing his duty.

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