LEIGHS WAR MEMORIAL
War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2013
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. See also the external
- War Memorial, St Mary the Virgin Church, Great Leighs, Essex
Copyright © Trevor Wright 2013
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honouir 1914-1918:
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.
from The Bond of Sacrifice: Volume 1:
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,
Plaque to Captain Alan George Tritton
Mounted on the inside north wall of the Nave of St Mary the
Photograph © Copyright Trevor Wright 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
3 December, 2020