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GREAT LEIGHS WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2013

The war memorial is in the 1715 boundary wall outside St Mary the Virgin Church, Boreham Road, Great Leighs, Essex. Memorial to the men of the Parish of Great Leighs who gave their lives in the World Wars of 1914-1919 and 1939-1945. Unveiled at 2.30 P.M. on 12th December 1920 by Major General Sir George Scott Moncrieff, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., C.I.E. Late Director of Fortifications & Works, 1914-1918. Details of the memorial appeared in the Essex Chronicle on Friday 17 December 1920.
Photographs Copyright © Trevor Wright 2013

GREAT LEIGHS 1920
THIS TABLET WAS PLACED HERE BY THE PARISHIONERS OF GREAT LEIGHS IN
HONORED MEMORY OF FELLOW PARISHIONERS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR
OUR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 ~ 1919 . THEY WHOM THIS TABLET
COMMEMORATES WERE NUMBERED AMONG THOSE WHO AT THE CALL OF KING AND
COUNTRY LEFT ALL THAT WAS DEAR TO THEM ENDURED HARDNESS FACED DANGER
AND FINALLY PASSED OUT OF THE SIGHT OF MEN BY THE PATH OF DUTY AND SELF
SACRIFICE GIVING UP THEIR OWN LIVES THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIVE IN FREEDOM

CLOUGHTON Charles
Private 3913, 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards, Died of wounds 2 December 1917. Aged 32. Born Wittam, enlisted Woolwich, Kent. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Cloughton, of Fuller St., Terling, Chelmsford. Buried in FINS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, SOREL-LE-GRAND, Somme, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 2.
CLOUGHTON Ernest George

Stoker 1st Class K/13364, H.M.S. Recruit, Royal Navy. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 1 May 1915. Aged 21. Born 1 June 1893 in Witham, Essex. Son of Frederick (& Eliza) Cloughton, of Daisley's Lane, Great Leighs, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 11.

COOK Charles
possibly Charles Cook, Corporal 43257, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 17 October 1916. Aged 22. Enlisted Maldon, Essex, resident Lanford, Maldon. Son of John and Edith Cook, of Stratford, Essex. Buried in CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY, CONTAY, Somme, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 29.
DIGBY Charles Joseph
Acting Corporal 202030, 4th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine 19 September 1918. Born and resident Gt Leighs, enlisted Chelmsford. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Section U. Grave 83. See also Little Leighs

DIGBY Ernest
Private 45075, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 15 May 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Gt Leighs, enlisted Chelmsford. Son of Charles and Susannah Digby, of Great Leighs, Chelmsford. Buried in BELGRADE CEMETERY, Namur, Belgium. Plot III. Row B. Grave 8.
DUKE William
possibly Private 225386, 1st Battalion (Royal Fusiliers) attached 2nd/4th Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action 21 March 1918. Born Walton, enlisted Burgh heath, resident tadworth. Formerly 18047, East Surrey Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Soome, France. Panel 85 and 86.
FITCH Archie
Private 6873, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 10 July 1916. Born Birdbrook, Essex, enlisted Haverhill. Went to the Front 30 August 1914. Buried in BRONFAY FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, BRAY-SUR-SOMME, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 42.
FITCH Arthur
Private CH/15332, H.M.S. Formidable, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 1 January 1915. Born 13 March 1885 at Bradbrook, Halstead, Essex. His father lived near Lawn's Farm, Little Waltham, Chelmsford. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 13.

FITCH Dick
Private 10189, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 26 August 1914. Born Steeple Bumpstead, enlisted Maldon, resident Witham. No known grave. Commemorated on LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.
FITCH George Bennett
Private 7172, Suffolk Regiment transferred to 161891, Labour Corps. Died at Eastbourne Hospital 11 February 1919. Born Birdbrook. Attested aged 18 years 2 months 20 December 1905, passed fit 22 December 1905, posted to Suffolk Regiment Depot, 23 December 1905 and the 1st Battalion 8 March 1905. Posted to 3rd Battalion 14 December 1915. Farm Labourer by trade. Father Walter Fitch of Little London, near Fitchingfield, Essex. He was 5 feet 5 inches, weighed 117 lbs, chest 33 inches, complexion fresh, eyes blue, hair brown; religion Church of England. Suffered pleurisy 16 September to 1 November 1907 at Woolwich. He went with the Egypt Campaign 5 August to 21 October 1914, was back in the UK 24 October 1914 to 15 January 1915 and went with the Expeditionary Force to France 16 January 1915v Wounded in the right hand at Malta, sick 15 to 27 May 1908. He suffered frostbite treated at Netley between 10-19 March 1915. At Bury St Edmunds 15 June to 10 August 1915 with gun shot wounds to the right hand and again between 18 August and 13 November 1915. Posted to the 5th Battalion, Labour Corps 15 May 1917 by the authorisation fo the Commander Hospital Eastbourne. He was admitted to Central Military Hospital, Eastbourne, 20 January 1919 with a Seoptic Throat and Pericarditis and Bronchitis. The 30 January he was getting worse, 31 January Capillary Bronchitis in both lungs. 6 February worse again, 10 February both lungs collapsed, died 7:30pm 11 February. Buried in WRITTLE (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Essex.
MANSFIELD Frederick aka Fred
Private 28476, 2nd Battallion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 28 September 1918. Aged 33. Born White Notley, enlisted Chekmsford, resident Great Leighs. Son of William Mansfield. Formerly 32373, Essex Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 88 to 90 and 162. See also Little Leighs
RAYNER Charles Jonathan
Private 2571, 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 7 October 1916. Aged 23. Born Halstead, Essex, enlisted Chelmsford, resident Great Leighs. Son of Charles William and Lydia Rayner, of "Lowleys", Great Leighs, Chelmsford. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.

SARGEANT Harry
Rifleman S/14432, 12th Battalion, Rifle brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 4 September 1916. Aged 21. Born and resident Gt Leighs, enlisted Braintree. Son of Thomas and Hephzibah Sargeant, of Grantham House Gardens, Putney Heath, London. Buried in SAILLY-SAILLISEL BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot XII. Row C. Grave 9.
TRITTON Alan George
Captain, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, Killed in action 26 October 1914. Aged 32. Son of Joseph Herbert and Lucy Jane Tritton. Buried in LE TOURET MILITARY CEMETERY, RICHEBOURG-L'AVOUE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 11.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honouir 1914-1918:

TRITTON ALAN GEORGE, Capt. 3rd Battn. Coldstream Guards, yst. s. of J. Herbert Tritton, of Lyons Hall, Great Leighs, co. Essex, and of 4, Lowndes Square. London, S.W.; b. 28 Jan 1852; gazetted 2nd Lieut. Coldstream Guards 11 Aug. 1900; promoted Lieut. 3 Oct. 1903, and Capt. 16 May, 1910: served in the South African War 1901-2, taking part In the operations in Cape Colony Dec. 1901, to 31 May, 1902; was Adjutant of the Guards’ Depot from 5 Nov. 1906 to 31 March, 1907, and of the Coldstream Guards from 30 April., 1907, to 29 April, 1910; acted as A.D.C. to G.O. Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, from 01 Oct. 1910. to 31 Oct. 1912; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed In action 26 Dec. 1914.

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice: Volume 1:

CAPTAIN ALAN GEORGE TRITTON, 3rd BATTN. COLDSTREAM GUARDS, who was killed in action in France on the 26th December, 1914, was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Herbert Tritton, Lyon's Hall, Great Leighs, Essex, and 4, Lowndes Square, London, S.W. Captain Tritton was born on the 28th January, 1882, and was educated at Winchester, from which he passed direct into the R.M.C., Sandhurst. He received his commission in the Coldstream Guards in August, 1900, proceeded almost at once to South Africa on active service, and was present at operations in Cape Colony from December, 1901, to May, 1902. Becoming Lieutenant in October, 1903, he was from November, 1900, to March, 1907, Adjutant at the Guards' depot, and from April, 1907, to April, 1910, Adjutant of his battalion. In May, 1910, he obtained his company, and in October of the same year was appointed A.D.C. to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Chester. For his services in the Great War he was mentioned in Sir John French's Despatch of the 8th October, 1914.

Memorial Plaque to Captain Alan George Tritton
Mounted on the inside north wall of the Nave of St Mary the Virgin Church
Photograph © Copyright Trevor Wright 2014

WARD Alfred Reginald
Driver 103287, XVI Corps Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Died in Salonika 30 September 1918. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Chelmsford. Son of Harry and Helen Tamer Ward, of Homeleigh, Great Leighs, Chelmsford. Buried in SARIGOL MILITARY CEMETERY, KRISTON, Greece. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 8.
WARD Charles Henry
Driver 128914, "F" Battery, 14th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery. Died 16 November 1917. Aged 25. Born Gt Leighs, enlisted Chelmsford. Son of Florence Maria Ward, of Laburnum Cottage, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, and the late Henry Ward. Buried in the Military Plot of SEURRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Cote-d'Or, France.
WRIGHT, MM Ernest
Private 61173, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 18 September 1918. Aged 35. Born Gtreat Leighs, enlisted Chelmsford, resident Waltham. Son of George and Sarah Wright, of Great Leighs, Chelmsford, Essex; husband of Hagar Rebekah Wright, of 54, Middle Green, Higham, Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk. Formerly 20259, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Buried in TEMPLEUX-LE-GUERARD BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 14.
WRIGHT Herbert George
Private 1650 [SDGW] or 1656 [CWGC], Essex Yeomanry. Killed in action 14 May 1915. Enlisted Colchester, resident Great Leighs. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 5.

WRIGHT Louis Walter
Private 59817, 3rd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 11 November 1918. Aged 19. Born Great Leighs, enlisted Chelsmford. Son of Louis P. and Ellen B. Wright, of High Rd., Great Leighs. Buried in lower ground, East of Church in GREAT LEIGHS (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Essex.
1939-1945
BRIGGS Eric Sydney
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 651910, 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 27 December 1941. Aged 23. Son of Sidney William Townsley Briggs and Emma Briggs, of Great Leighs, Essex. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 25. Row F. Grave 1.
COARD David
Pilot Officer 60826, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12 April 1941. Aged 20. Son of Douglas and Ethel May Coard, of Felsted. Buried in GREAT LEIGHS (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Essex.
COUSINS David Gordon
Lieutenant 233226, Royal Norfolk Regiment seconded to 6th Battalion,. Gold Coast Regiment, Royal West African Field Force. Died 12 March 1944. Son of John and Beatrice Maud Cousins, of Great Leighs, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on RANGOON MEMORIAL, Myanmar (Burma). Face 6.
HULL Alan
Leading Aircraftman 901910, 96 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14 June 1945. Aged 24. Son of Henry William and Ellen May Hull, of Great Leighs, Essex. Buried in DELHI WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 5. Row H. Grave 7.
TOWNEND Richard Frank
Sub-Lieutenant (A), H.M.S. Condor, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 9 August 1942. Aged 24. Son of Herbert Patrick Victor and Lettice Joan Townend. No known grave. Commemorated on LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Bay 4, Panel 2.
READ Alfred Bernard
Sapper 1907144, 297 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War 2 December 1943. Aged 25. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2. Row C. Grave 14.

Last updated 14 April, 2014

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