In October we remember...
Thursday, October 1, 2020
October 1917 was the cruelest month in Eltilsey's war, bringing with it the deaths of three soldiers from the village: James Payne, Harry Cranfield and William Smith-Chappell.
James Payne (l) was killed on 4th October in the Battle of Broodseinde. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing. Poignantly he is listed with Frank Riseley who was killed just eight days earlier and only yards from where James died.
Harry Cranfield had left Eltisley to live in Toronto, Canada, where he enlisted in the Canadian Infantry in 1916. Harry was killed on 26th october in the Battle of Passchendaele. He was 38 years old, has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate.
William Smith-Chappell (r) was in the Lewis Gun Section of the 1st Cambridgeshires. He died in a gas attack on the night of 26th October. He is buried in a War Cemetery in the small village of Vormezeele, just south of Ypres.