CFHS code : PL91

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : Commonwealth War Grave G14939 Private R B CULPIN Royal Sussex Regiment 16th December 1918 age 20

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.201948 0.13615177 – click here for location

Culpin grave
Culpin CWWG headstone


Commonwealth War Grave headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, located on the south side of the southern path, between the Lodge and central path.


[regimental badge]
‛C/14939 Private R. B. Culpin
Royal Sussex Regiment
16th December 1918 age 20’

“Death divides but memories cling”

Richard Benjamin Culpin (1898‒1918)

Richard was born in 1898 in Cambridge.  He was the only surviving son born to John Culpin (1857‒1931) and Elizabeth Culpin (née Harrison) (1862‒1930).  However, Richard had five surviving sisters.  Richard’s father grew up in Elton, Huntingdonshire and followed in his father’s footsteps as an agricultural labourer.  Richard’s mother was born in Horncastle and grew up in Lincolnshire.  Her father was a maltster.  At some point both of Richard’s parents were in London as they married there on 23 November 1885 at St James, Hampton Hill, Middlesex.  By 1891 the family were living at 11 Malta Road (Romsey Town), Cambridge.  Richard’s father was working as a labourer.  By 1901 the family had moved to 7 Malta Road.  By 1911 Richard’s father was listed as a carter for a haulage contractor.

During the First World War Richard served as Private G/14939, 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment.  He was wounded at the battle of the Somme on 14 November 1917.  He was taken to the 53rd General Hospital, Wimeru, France where his leg was amputated.  He was also wounded in the back and side by shrapnel.  He was then sent back to England and spent some time in St George’s Hospital, London before being taken to the Atkinson Morley, Convalescent Hospital in Wimbledon.  When he was discharged he returned home to his family in Cambridge.  Unfortunately, he suffered complications from his shrapnel wounds and was sent to the 1st Eastern General Hospital in Cambridge for an operation.  He died during the operation on 16 December 1918.  He was buried in Mill Road Cemetery, Cambridge on Saturday, 21 December 1918.

See his Culpin-funeral_report.

War Graves Photographic Project
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England & Wales Christening Records 1530‒1906
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837‒1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837‒1915
London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754‒1921
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916‒2007
UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901‒1929
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914‒1919

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Richard Benjamin Culpin