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World War 1 and 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Dave Edwards - 2000
extra information Martin Edwards
and Tony Pringle

Kennett is a small parish, on the Suffolk border of the county of Cambridgeshire, 4 miles north-east from Newmarket; Cambridge is 16.5 miles west-south-west of Kennett. The memorial takes the form of a plaque inside the church of St. Nicholas.

1914 - 1918
Acting Corporal 36318, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action Tuesday, 23rd October 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 20. Enlisted Newmarket, resident Kennett. Son of George and Harriett Barber, of Barrow Green, Barrow, Bury St. Edmund's. In the 1911 census he was the son of George and Harriet Barber, aged 14, Domestic House-boy, born Chedburgh, Suffolk, resident Kennett End, Kennett, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 28 to 30 and 162 to 162A and 163A
BULLETT Ernest Thomas
Private 11035, 5th Reserve Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds 10 February 1915, wounded at La Bassee and died at Newcastle Hospital. Aged 23. Born Kentford, Suffolk, enlisted Walthamstow, Essex, resident Kennett. Baptised 12 July 1896 in Kentford St Mary. Son of Walter and Eliza Maria Bullett, of Station Yard, Kennett. Buried South of the Church in KENNETT (ST. NICHOLAS) CHURCHYARD, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.
HARDING Arthur Edward
[Listed as R.H.A.] Driver 22044, 20th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery, Died of wounds 5 October 1916. Aged 26. Born Newmarket, enlisted Consett, Durham. Son of Charles and Sarah Ann Harding, of Hall Cottages, Kennett, Newmarket, Cambs. In the 1911 census he was the son of Sarah Ann Harding, a widow, aged 21, a labourer, born Kennett, resident Hall Cottages, Worlington Road, Kennett. His father died prior to 1901. Buried in GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE, Somme, France. Plot I. Row M. Grave 33.
Private G/351, 6th Battalion (Depot), East Kent Regiment. Died of his wounds 2 March 1917 at Kennett. Aged 22. Buried in Kennett Churchyard 6 March 1917.

Benjamin Lawrence was born in Tarrant Rushton, Dorset. In the 1901 census he is aged 7, resident at The Cottage, Rayden Woodland, nr Hadleigh with his uncle William Smith [47] a tree feller born Wenham, and his cousins Ethel [12] and Harry [12], both born in Raydon. His place of birth is given as Crichel, Dorset (next village to Tarrant Rushton). Inthe 1911 census he was aged 17, a farm hand, still with his uncle and aunt, William and Sarah SMITH, cousins Harry SMITH, Anna MANN [36] born Raydon and her daughter Lilian Ellen MANN [12] born Marylebone, London From his gravestone; "Gassed 14 March 1916 at Halluch, France. Enlisted 29 August 1914. Discharged from service due to sickness 31 May 1916."

He enlisted in Faversham on 29th August 1914 and was discharged on 31st May 1916 due to sickness, according to his silver war badge award. He was discharged on 3rd May 1915 and awarded a silver war badge #12487. The discrepancy in dates is decided by his actual Army records, and the registration of death (Newmarket Q-1 1917 3B:737) and parish records show 1917. "Soldiers Died" appears to have missed him altogether. His Army records say "Man died 2-3-1917"

Some of his Army records survive and tell us :- He gave his age as 20 years 5 months in Aungust 1914. 5 ft 1¼ inches tall, chest 35 to 37 inches, brown hair, grey eyes. His occupation was gamekeeper. His service was Home - 29th August 1914 to 31st May 1915 then BEF France 1st June 1915 to 12th April 1915 and Home from 13h April 1915 until discharge on 31st May 1916 a total of 1 year 277 days. On 5th April 1916 he was admitted to Field Ambulance (sick) and transferred via SS 'Stad Antwerpen' from No 16 General Hospital at Le Treport on 12th April 1916 back to England. He then spent 43 days in Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield, until 25th May 1916 with "tubucle of Lung". He gave his intended address on discharge as Keepers Lodge, Kennett, nr. Newmarket so resumably had obtained outdoor employment there. His sister (A.Smith) signed for receipt of his medals in 1921. His uncle was William Smith from Raydon Woodlands, near Hadleigh. His father's address is ? Court, Faversham in 1914 which could account for his enlisting there. There is no record of his mother or father to be found at present. There are two Lawrence familes in Tarrant Rushton in 1901 but no way of telling which might be that of Benjamin without purchasing a copy of his birth certificate.

MOSS William
Boy 1st Class J/22017 H.M.S. "Bulwark", Royal Navy who died when H.M.S. Bulwark sank on Thursday, 26th November 1914. Aged 17. Born Newmarket, Cambridgeshire 26 December 1896. Son of William and Ann Moss, of Little Livermere, Suffolk. Farm labourer by trade. Height 5 feet 3 inches, girth 34 inches, hair fair, eyes blue, complexion fresh. In the 1911 census he was the son of William and Ann Moss, aged 14, labourer on farm, born Kennett, resident Kennett End, Kennett, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 3.
TIMMINS Albert Edward
Guardsman 14244, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 8 October 1915. Born Llanhamlach, Brecon, enlisted Bury St. Edmund's. Son of Edward and Martha Elizabeth Timmins. In the 1901 census he was the son of Edward and Matha E Timmins, aged 10, born Llanhamlach, Brecon, resident Llanhamlach Village, Llanhamlach, Brecknock, Breconshire, Wales. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 5 to 7. [Link with Kennett unknown; enlisted Bury St. Edmunds.]
  1939 - 1945
NEWMAN Roy Ernest
Sergeant 1295561, 202 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 4 August 1943. Aged 22. Son of Herbert William and Annie Newman, of Kennett, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 160.
SORE Charles Alexander
Sapper 1920358, 705 Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers. Died 26 September 1944. Aged 43. Son of Henry and Minnie Sore; husband of Mabel Gladys Sore, of Kennett, Cambridgeshire. Birth registered in the Stow, Suffolk Registration District in the April to June Quarter 1901. National School Admission Register 1901 lists him as born 2 April 1901, father Harry Sore, admission to Haughley Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Haughley, Suffolk. IN the 1911 census he was the son of Henry and Minnie Sore, aged 10, born Haughley, Suffolk, resident the Street, Haughley, Suffolk, Buried in TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 13.
STREET-PORTER [Frederick] Walter Ollis
Flying Officer 83000, 114 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14 January1942. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 67.
TURNER Kenneth Reginald
Flight Sergeant 591870, 55 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 7 April 1944. Aged 21. Son of Reginald Ernest Willie and Elizabeth Mary Turner. Born 19 December 1923, baptised 28 January 1923 in Ashley-cum-Silverley, son of Reginald Ernest Willie (a railway porter) and Elizabeth Mary Turner. Buried in ASSISI WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot IV. Row E. Joint grave 9-10.

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