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GREENSTEAD GREEN WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2015

Within St James the Great Church, Greenstead Green, is a memorial plaque commemorating World War 1 and 2, . The World War 1 and 2 memorial takes the form of two linked tablets with black lettering, there are sevena names for World War 1 and five for World War 2. There is also a Thanksgiving Window which takes the form of a very large, three light, window with tracery; the inscription reads:

“TO THE GLORY OF GOD IN HUMBLE THANKSGIVING FOR THE MERCIVAL DELIVERANCE FROM THE PERIL OF WAR AND INVASION & DESTRUCTION IN 1939 - 1945 & IN HONOURED MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY 1914 - 1918 & 1939 – 1945”

There is also a commemorative plaque to an American serviceman killed in a crash nearby.

Photographs Copyright © John Hendry 2015

TO THE
GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF MEN
FROM THIS VILLAGE WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR
KING AND COUNTRY
1914-1918

WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR

BUSH Charles
Hampshire Regiment
CHAPLIN James [Henry]
Private 3730, 3rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 3 May 1915. Born, resident and enlisted Wood Green. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.
GRAY Harold Eric
Gunner 3591, "D" Battery, 53rd Brigade, Royal Fierld Artillery. Died 27 October 1915. Born Halstead, Essex, enlisted Ipswich, Suffolk. Of Halstead. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 5 and 9.
HARRINGTON Albert
[SDGW states Lance Corporal] Private 12036, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 18 October 1915. Aged 21. Born Greenstead, Essex, enlisted Chelmsford. Son of Mr. J. Harrington, of Brook Cottage, Greenstead Green, Halstead, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais France. Panel 85 to 87.
RAYNER Frederick [John]
Private G/43774, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 4 November 1916. Aged 23. Born Earls Colne, enlisted Ealing, Middlesex, resident Greenstead Green. Son of Charles and Eleanor Rayner, of Riven's Hall, Greenstead Green, Halstead, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B.
WALFORD Charles
Private G/21340, 1st Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 25 September 1917. Born, resident and enlisted Halstead. Of Halstead, Essex. Formerly 21053, East Surrey Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 14 to 17 and 162 to 162A.
WASS Frank
Acting Serjeant 1747, 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds at sea 18 August 1915. Born Halstead, enlisted Braintree, resident Bocking. Son of Henry Wass of Stone Cottages, Greenstead Green, Halstead, Essex. Buried at sea, no known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233.
R.I.P.
1939-1945
ADDY, DFM John Cedric
Fkight Sergeant (Pilot) 748538, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 17 January 1942. Aged 21. Son of Guy Cedric and Jessie Addy, of Halstead, Essex. Awarded the Distiguished Flying Medal (D.F.M.). Buried in JURBY (ST. PATRICK) CHURCHYARD, Isle of Man. Grave 340.
BROOKES Sydney
Flying Officer (Pupil Pilot) 1566225, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12 April 1944. Aged 31. Son of J. H. Brookes, and of Mary Winifred Brookes, of Burtons Green, Essex. Buried in CHESTER (BLACON) CEMETERY, Cheshire. Section A, Grave 409.
BUTLER John Perceval
Pilot Officer (Navigator) 130518, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 9 January 1943. Aged 28. Son of Sir Montagu Sherard Dawes Butler, K.C.S.I., C.B., C.I.E., C.V.O., C.B.E., M.A. and Lady Butler, Kaisar-I-Hind Medal 1st Cl. (nee Smith); husband of Mary Hermione Anne Butler of Cambridge. M.A. (Cantab.). . Buried in GREENSTEAD GREEN (ST. JAMES) CHURCHYARD, Essex.
COOK Kenneth Edward
Corporal 648743, Royal Air Force. Died 7 April 1944. Aged 23. Son of Frederick George and Edith Ella Cook, of Greenstead Green. Buried in GREENSTEAD GREEN (ST. JAMES) CHURCHYARD, Essex.
LARTER Harold Kitchener
Private 6023279, 7th (H.D.) Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 19 November 1940. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William James Larter, of Halstead. Buried in HALSTEAD CEMETERY, Halstead. Grave 7697.

U.S.A.A.F.

BELT Dwight Garnson
Second Lieutenant, U.S.A.A.F. Aeroplane mechanic before the war. Born 21 December 1919. From Ohio. Buried in OAK GROVE CEMETERY, Delaware, Ohio, USA. [Thanks to the American War Cemetery, Madingley (Leslie) for the additional information]

IN MEMORY OF
2nd Lt DWIGHT G. BELT U.S.A.A.F.
WHO AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN THE
FIELD ADJACENT TO THIS CHURCH
October 1st 1944

Last updated 14 September, 2015

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