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DEDHAM, ESSEX - WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Lynda Smith 2003

The Deham war memorial is to be found at the centre of the village on the High Street. It takes the form of a cross mounted on a shaft which in turn is mounted on a plinth with a three-stepped base the whole standing in a cobbled area. The inscription is in black lettering on the plinth. There are 33 names listed for World War 1, 14 names for World War 2 plus 2 names of civilians killed in World War 2. The architect was Mr William Douglas Caroe and the memorial costs circa £500. Details first appeared in the Essex County Standard 16th December 1919.

Photographs copyright © 2003 Lynda Smith


IN HONOUR OF DEDHAM MEN
WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF
THEIR COUNTRY AND IN THE
CAUSE OF RIGHT AND FREEDOM
1914 – 1918 & 1939 – 1945
WE THAT SURVIVE PERCHANCE MAY END OUR DAYS
IN SOME EMPLOYMENT MERITING NO PRAISE
THEY HAVE OUTLIVED THIS FEA & THEIR BRAVE ENDS
WILL EVER BE AN HONOUR TO THEIR FRIENDS.

ABLEWHITE

Charles

Corporal 12795, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 26 October 1916. Age 18. Born Ardleigh. Lived Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. Son of Charles and Alice Jane Ablewhite, of Fieldside Cottage, The Heath, Ardleigh, Essex. Buried in GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE, Somme, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 31.

ARTHEY

Frank Arthur

Private 18990, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 6 July 1916. Age 18. Born and lived Dedham. Enlisted Shepherd’s Bush, Middlesex. Son of Mrs. Ellen Arthey, of Crown St., Dedham, Essex. Buried in BEAUVAL COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 11.

BARNARD

Arthur Wilson

Second Lieutenant, 12th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 29 March 1918. Age 24. Son of James Henry and Edith Barnard, of The Square, Dedham, Essex. Native of Dedham. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXVIII. Row F. Grave 4.

BIRD

Alfred James

Private 91356, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died Monday 6 October 1919. Buried in DEDHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Essex, United Kingdom.

BROWN

Frank

No further information available at present.

BOND

Henry

No further information available at present.

BYLES

John Henry

Private G/14665, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 18 September 1918. Age 23. Born and enlisted Dedham. Son of Mrs. Emily Jane Byles, of 2, Prince Cottages, High St., Dedham, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 6.

COLLINGWOOD

Carlton

Captain 4th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment. Died of wounds Tuesday 8 August 1916. Age 26. Eldest son of Sir William Collingwood; husband of May C. C. Mackie (formerly Collingwood), of Thornyhill, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Yorks. Native of Newton-le-Willows, Lancs. Buried in DIVE COPSE BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 34.

COOK

Charles Wilfred

Private 37678,"B" Company, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 27 March 1918. Age 20. Born Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. Only son of George Alfred and Mary Cook, of Dedham, nr. Colchester, Essex. Buried in DOULLENS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION No.1, Somme, France. Plot V. Row D. Grave 34.

DINES

Edward

Lance Corporal 235118, 4th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Formerly G/23587 Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 10 July 1917. Age 39. Born Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. Son of the late William and Ann Dines, of Dedham; husband of Elizabeth J. Dines, of "Southfields," Dedham, Essex. Buried in POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot LIX. Row E. Grave 10.

DOUBLE

Thomas William

Private 19039, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds at sea Sunday 19 September 1915. Born and lived Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233.

FINBOW

Arthur William

Private 19630, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds Monday 3 July 1916. Age 31. Born Mendlesham. Lived Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. Son of Fernando and Emma Finbow, of Mendlesham, Stowmarket, Suffolk; husband of Olive M. Finbow, of Prince Lane, Dedham, Essex. Buried in GEZAINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 8.

GRIMSEY

Charles W

Private 5/30034, 5th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Formerly 26714 Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 3 May 1918. Age 35. Born Stratford, Essex. Enlisted Colchester. Husband of Gertrude M. Grimsey, of 6, Eastwood Rd., Rayleigh, Essex. Buried in JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot/Row/Section J. Grave 74.

HAMMOND

Arthur Thomas

Gunner 121056, 53rd Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action Friday 18 May 1917. Age 20. Born Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Hammond, of Princes Green, Dedham, Colchester. Buried in PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, MAZINGARBE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row P. Grave 25.

HITCHCOCK

James

Gunner 59024, 252nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds Thursday 2 August 1917. Age 32. Born and lived Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. Son of David Walter and Rosanna Hitchcock, of Long Rd., Dedham, Essex. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row P. Grave 1A.

HUNNABALL

Harry

Gunner 95497, 7th Battalion, Tank Corps. Killed in action Wednesday 21 November 1917. Age 25. Born Mistley, Essex. Enlisted Colchester. Son of James and Julia Hunnaball, of High St., Dedham, Essex: husband of Annie Hunnaball, of The Street, Ardleigh, Colchester. Buried in HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 18.

LAND

Ernest George

Private 7176, 3rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action Sunday 4 April 1915. Born Dovercourt. Lived Dedham. Enlisted Warley. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.

OGG

Edward

Serjeant 2280, 1st/5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 20 August 1915. Born and lived Dedham. Enlisted Chelmsford. Buried in EAST MUDROS MILITARY CEMETERY, Lemnos, Greece. Plot II. Row G. Grave 115.

OSBORNE

Bertie Alfred

Rifleman A/200930, 13th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Formerly 6201 Essex Regiment. Killed in action Friday 23 August 1918. Born and lived Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. Buried in ACHIET-LE-GRAND COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row L. Grave 11.

OSBORN(E)

Horace Joseph Cecil

Private 24799, 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Formerly 54495 R.A.M.C. Killed in action Saturday 1 July 1916. Born Dedham. Enlisted Chelsea. Son of Joseph William Osborn of High Street, Dedham, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 4 A.

PASSIFUL

Leonard

Private 2066, 1st/1st, Essex Yeomanry. Died of wounds Wednesday 2 February 1916. Age 17. Lived and enlisted Colchester. Son of William S. and Emma Passiful, of 31, Culver St., Colchester. Native of Felixstowe, Suffolk. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row H. Grave 84.

RADFORD

Alfred William

Private 36201,. 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action Friday 8 June 1917. Age 28. Born Ardleigh. Lived Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. Buried in VOORMEZEELE ENCLOSURE No.3, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XV. Row E. Grave 14.

ROUT

Robert James

Private 13369, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds Saturday 26 December 1914. Age 25. Born Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. Son of Henry and Ada Rout, of Crown St., Dedham, Colchester. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 13.

RUDGE

Alfred

Private 16486,"A" Company, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 26 September 1915. Age 26. Born and lived Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. Son of Michael Rudge, of East Lane, Dedham, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 85 to 87.

RUDGE

Bertie

Private 28240, 11th Battalion, Border Regiment. Formerly 32846 Essex Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 1 April 1917. Age 23. Born Dedham. Enlisted Warley, Essex. Son of Michael Rudge, of East Lane, Dedham, Colchester. Buried in SAVY BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 13.

SAGE

Frank Albert

Private 25625,"A" Company, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 23 April 1917. Age 22. Born and lived Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. Son of Herbert and Florence Elizabeth Sage, of Crown St., Dedham, Colchester. Buried in LA CHAUDIERE MILITARY CEMETERY, VIMY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 6.

SHARP

Albert

No further information available at present.

SHARP

George

Corporal 15808, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds Wednesday 27 October 1915. Born Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot A. Row 13. Grave 42.

SMITH

John William

Lance Corporal 18993, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday 12 January 1916. Age 33. Born and lived Dedham. Enlisted Shepherd’s Bush, Middlesex. Son of William H. Smith, of Holmleigh, Dedham, Essex. Buried in POTIJZE BURIAL GROUND CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section V. Grave 11.

WALLIS

Albert Henry

No further information available at present.

WATSON

William Henry

Private 10291, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 26 June 1915. Age 19. Born and lived Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. Son of Mrs. Ruth Watson, of Prince Lane, Dedham, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 39.

WATSON

Gerald Walter

Gunner 955217, 3rd Battery, 45th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action Thursday 28 June 1917. Born Dedham. Enlisted London. Buried in PERTH CEMETERY (CHINA WALL), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row B. Grave 3.

WINNEY

Frederick Henry

Private 40253, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Monday 23 October 1916. Born Higham, Suffolk. Lived Dedham. Enlisted Colchester. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 D.

1939 – 1945

BARBER

Frederick George

Flight Sergeant 1805684, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 23 April 1945. Age 20. Son of Alfred George and Florence Barber, of Dedham, Essex. Buried in DELY IBRAHIM WAR CEMETERY, Algeria. Plot 1. Row K. Grave 15.

BEARD

Leonard Bertram

Trooper 14250452, 2nd County of London Yeo. (Westminster Dragoons), R.A.C. Died Tuesday 5 September 1944. Son of Mrs. J. E. Beard, of Dedham. Buried in DEDHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Essex, United Kingdom.

BLAND

Edward

Serjeant 5826514, attached 11th Battalion, Nigeria Regiment, R.W.A.F.F. Died Friday 13 February 1942. Age 28. Son of George and Eva Bland, of Dedham, Essex; younger brother of John Bland (also on memorial - see below). Buried in FREETOWN (KING TOM) CEMETERY, Sierra Leone. Plot 4. Row B. Grave 17.

BLAND

John

Private 580662, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died 13 November 1943. Age 26. Born in Cooper’s Lane, Dedham, Essex. Son of George and Eva Bland; older brother of Edward Bland (also on memorial - see above). Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot B6. Row H. Grave 9.

CLOVER

Leonard George

Sapper 1870217, 510 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died Wednesday 1 November 1944. Age 30. Son of George and Elizabeth Clover. No known grave. Commemorated on GROESBEEK MEMORIAL, Gelderland, Netherlands. Panel 2.

DALTON

Dominick Fitzgerald

Lieutenant Colonel AI/189 commanding 3rd Battalion, 1st Punjab Regiment. Died Thursday 6 July 1944. Age 44. Son of John Fitzgerald Dalton and Beatrice Dalton; husband of Coralie Dalton, of Hurst Green, Sussex. Buried in ASSISI WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot III. Row H. Grave 12.

DENNEY

Thomas Frederick

Guardsman 2616397, 6th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died Monday 8 November 1943. Son of Arthur and Florence Harriett Denney, of Dedham, Essex. Buried in MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot IV. Row J. Grave 18.

DINES

Frederick Albert

Pilot Officer 148893, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Wednesday 24 November 1943. Son of Elizabeth Dines. of Dedham. Buried in DEDHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Essex, United Kingdom.

EAGLE

Leslie Frederick

Trooper 7883925, 4th Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C. Died Tuesday 28 May 1940. Age 26. Son of Albert Walter and Roseanna Eagle, of Dedham, Essex. Buried in FLINES-LES-RACHES CHURCHYARD, Nord, France.

FRANCIS

Leonard Edward

Private 6016265, 2/5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died Friday 21 July 1944. Age 23. Son of James and Agnes Francis, of Dedham, Essex. Buried in PRAGUE WAR CEMETERY, Czech Republic. Plot I. Row C. Grave 10.

GARROD

Bertie Ambrose

Lance Serjeant 2611838, 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died Saturday 27 March 1943. Buried in BEJA WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot 1. Row A. Grave 11.

HOWE

John Raymond

Private 7614627, Royal Army Ordnance Corps attached 7 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died Wednesday 28 May 1941. Age 24. No known grave. Commemorated on ATHENS MEMORIAL, Greece. Face 9.

POLSON

Henry Walter

Private 6006474. Essex Regiment. Died Sunday 2 June 1940. Age 30. Son of Frederick Alfred and Emily Ethel Polson; husband of Emily Polson, of Dedham, Essex. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Block "S". Plot 4. Row U. Grave 17.

SMITH

Russell Hubert

Marine CH/X 106625. H.M.L.C.G.(M) 110., Royal Marines. Died Tuesday 25 December 1945. Age 21. Son of Henry James Smith and Lilian May Smith, of Dedham, Essex. Buried in HASLAR ROYAL NAVAL CEMETERY, Hampshire, United Kingdom. Plot F. Row 6. Grave 6.

Civilians 1939-1945

COOMBER

Joan A

Died Friday 10 December 1943. Age 21 at The Firs, Long Road, Dedham. Lived at The Firs, Long Road, Dedham, Colchester. Wife of William Coomber. Commemorated in the RURAL DISTRICT OF LEXDEN AND WINSTREE section of the Civilian War Dead Register.

COOMBER

Robert William

Died Friday 10 December 1943. Age 6, at The Firs, Long Road, Dedham. Lived at The Firs, Long Road, Dedham, Colchester. Son of William Coomber, and of Joan Coomber. Commemorated in the RURAL DISTRICT OF LEXDEN AND WINSTREE section of the Civilian War Dead Register.

Commemorated in the church but not on the memorial

ASHWIN

Guy John Hamilton

Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (Territorial), Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action at the Battle of the Somme in front of Butte-de-Warlincourt 7th November 1916. Aged 22. Elder son of Guy Hamilton and Marion Ashwin, of "Coverleigh," Wath-on-Dearne, Yorkshire and grandson of Reverend Hamilton Ashiw (LLD). Buried in WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave II.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN DEAR AND HONOURED MEMORY OF LIEUTENANT GUY JOHN HAMILTON ASHWIN, 5TH DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY, ELDER SON OF GUY HAMILTON AMD MARION ASHWIN OF WATH-ON-DEARNE, YORKSHIRE, AND GRANDSON OF REV HAMILTON ASHWIN L.L.D. LECTURER OF THIS PARISH, WHO WAS KILLED IN THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME, IN FRONT OF THE BUTTE-DE-WARLINCOURT, NOVEMBER 7TH 1916, AGED 22 YEARS

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