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FORDHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed and Researched Ernie Rusdale 2004

The Fordham memorial takes the form of a clock tower commemorating those who died in World War 1 and World War 2. The sculptors were MESSRS L J Watts Ltd and the builder F W Clumpin. The memorial was unveiled by Brigadier General F W Towsey CMG CBE DSO and dedicated 12th October 1919. It stands outside the village store in Mill Road, Fordham. The memorial was formerly a clock set within a stone column, the inscription is on the front face in black lettering; the whole is set into a wall; there is a cross now where the clocks face was and a dove on the top of the column. In 1989 the clock was replaced as it was always breaking down and in 1995 the memorial was cleaned.

Photograph Copyright © John Hendry 2015

IN GRATEFUL
AND HONOURED MEMORY OF
THE FORDHAM MEN,
WHO FELL IN THE WAR, 1914-1919

BALLS

Arthur William
Private, 10449, "B" Company 2nd Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 23 October 1916. Aged 19. Born Fordham, enlisted Colchester, resident Bridges Valley, Fordham. Son of Mrs. Mary Ann Balls, Fordham Heath, Essex. Buried in BEACON CEMETERY, SAILLY-LAURETTE, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 1.

BROYD

Frederick Cyril
Private 204982, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire regiment. Killed in action 24 April 1918. Born and resident Fordham, enlisted Colchester. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 54 to 56.

BULL

A H
No further information currently.

CANT

Percy William
Private, 202883, 4th Essex Regiment. Killed in action 18-05-17, aged 26. Born and resident Fordham, enlisted Warley, Essex. Son of George Henry Cant, 5, Western View Villas, Church Road, Fordham, Essex. Buried in Orange Trench Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, Grave D.19.

CAWDRON

Robert Edward
Private, 51067, 17th Royal Fusiliers. Died whilst prisoner of war 28-10-18, aged 29. Born Brighton. Son of James and Alice Cawdron; husband of Harriet Cawdron, Fordham, Essex. Buried in Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany.

CRISP

Edward Henry
Private, 3632, 7th Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 13-11-16, aged 32. Born Halstead, enlisted Epsom. Son of the late William and Emmeline Crisp, Halstead, Essex. Buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Grave III.C.56.

DAVEY

S
Believed to be: Private, 40282, Stanley Davey, 11th Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 15-10-16, aged 19. Born Bradfield, enlisted Brightlingsea, Essex. Son of Edward and E. M. Davey, 80, Manor Road, Dovercourt, Harwich. Buried in Bancourt British Cemetery, Grave VIII.G.18.

FRANCIS

Frederick Benjamin
Private, 353210, 12th Royal Scots. Died whilst prisoner of war 20-10-18, aged 21. Born at Bradfield, Manningtree. Son of Benjamin and Mary Francis, Cheshunts Cottage, Church Street, Boxted, Essex. Buried in Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland, Szczypiorno Grave P.O.W. Cem. Mem. 05.

FRANCIS, DCM

Reginald Clement
Private, 7992, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 16-12-14, aged 22. Awarded DCM. Son of Benjamin and Mary Francis, Hall Cottage, East Donyland, Rowhedge, Colchester, Essex. Awarded the Distiguished Conduct Medal (DCM). Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Panel 21.

HORNE

Charles William
Private, 10448, 11th Essex Regiment. Killed in action 25-09-16. Born and resident Fordham, enlisted Colchester. Son of William and Emily Horne, Fordham, Essex. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Panel 10D.

PARTRIDGE

C W
Believed to be either: (i) Private, 250654, Charles William Partridge, 1/5th Essex Regiment. Killed in action Palestine 26-03-17, aged 26. Enlisted Clacton-on-Sea. Son of Joseph and Sarah Partridge, Great Hollands, Clacton-on-Sea. Buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Israel, Grave XXII.F.06 OR (ii) Private, 026300, Calais Depot, Royal Army ordnance Corps. Died 09-12-18, aged 30. Husband of Sarah Letitia South Partridge, Cardfield Cottages, Hatfield Peverel, Essex. Buried in Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Grave VII.C.03.

PETTIT

H C
Private, 24198, Charles Pettitt, 9th Essex Regiment. Killed in action 08-10-17. Born and resident Fordham, Essex, enlisted Colchester. Son of Mrs. Emma Partridge, Church Road, Fordham, Essex. Buried in Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux, Grave I.N.21.

POTKIN

T E
Private, 204600, Thomas Edward Potkin, 9th Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 10-04-18. Born Copford, enlisted Colchester. Son of Thomas and Sarah Potkin. Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Panel 02.

PUDNEY

A H MM
Private, 40485, Alfred Pudney, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 18-09-18, aged 21. Born London, enlisted Colchester, resident Fordham. Son of Mr. A. Pudney, Fordham, Essex. Buried in Ste. Emilie Valley Cemetery, Villers-Faucon, Grave I.A.05.

RAYNER

A S
Believed to be: Private, G/66132, Albert Rayner, 2nd Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 09-10-17. Formerly 27509, Norfolk Regiment. Born Oldham, enlisted Colchester, resident Fordham, Essex. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Panels 28/30 and 162/162A/163A.

RAYNER

J T
Private, 24999, John Rayner, 2nd Essex Regiment. Killed in action 23-10-16. Born and resident Fordham, enlisted Colchester. Buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Grave V.H.01.

TAYLOR

C S
Private, 40060, Charles Sidney Taylor, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 23-10-18, aged 26. Born Fordham, Essex, enlisted Warley. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Taylor, High Park Corner, Wormingford, Colchester, Essex. Native of Fordham, Colchester. Buried in Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave I.E.25.

WRIGHT

E J
Private, 16555, Ernest James Wright, 10th Essex Regiment. Killed in action 26-09-16. Born Fordham, Essex, enlisted Colchester. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Panel 10D.

Not Recorded on Memorial:

ARNOLD

Fred
Private, M/347147, 1017th Mechanical Transport Co. Royal Army Service Corps. Died 18-10-18, aged 31. Born Fordham, Essex, enlisted Colchester. Son of Mrs. G. Arnold; husband of Mrs. M. E. Arnold, 34, West Street, Colchester. A coach-builder and sign-writer. Buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq, Grave I.Q.21.

BUNTING

George
Private, G/51189, 24th Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 29-04-17, aged 39. Born Fordham, Essex, enlisted Colchester. Son of James and Maria E. Bunting, View Cottage, Colne Road, Copford, Essex. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Bay 03.

EVERITT

Charles Samuel
Private, G/43059, 20th Middlesex Regiment. Died whilst prisoner of war 23-04-18, aged 28. Formerly G/10588, The Queen’s. Royal West Surry Regiment. Born Fordham, Essex, enlisted Colchester. Son of Joseph and Annie Everitt, Rose Green, Chapple, Essex. Buried in Lille Southern Cemetery, Grave III.C.10.

KETTLE

Albert Edward
Private, 9980, 2nd Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 17-04-18, aged 26. Born Fordham, Essex, enlisted Colchester. Son of John and Alice Kettle, 8, Ash Green, Colchester. Buried in Gonnehem British Cemetery, Bethune, Grave A.03

MILLER

Walter
Private, 10078, 2nd Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 02-11-14. Born and resident Fordham, Essex, enlisted Colchester. Buried in Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, Grave IX.B.94.    

1939-1945

BUGG

James
Believed to be: Private, 14729883, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 20-04-45, aged 29. Son of Ernest and Flora Bugg; husband of Olive Bugg, of Lancaster. Buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar, Grave XXVIII.E.16.

CUDMORE

Douglas Edward
Private, 14392163, 1st East Lancashire Regiment. Died 05-03-45, aged 20. Son of George and Florence Cudmore, Fordham, Essex. Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Grave L.F.17.

HEWITT

John Albert
Private, 1034752, Pioneer Corps. Died whilst prisoner of war 27-01-45, aged 51. Buried in Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland, Grave VII.A.05.

TREBY

John Arthur
Sergeant (Flight Engineer), 1867730, RAFVR. Died 01-06-44, aged 19. Son of John and Ingeborg Treby. Buried in Montrose (Sleepyhillock) Cemetery, Angus, Scotland, Grave Section, Class C, Grave 19.

Last updated 23 August, 2015

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