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KIRBY LE SOKEN WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Photographed Andy Pay; Transcribed and researched Martin Edwards 2004
additional information Derek Ladkin

The Main War Memorial is on The Street, Kirby Le Soken close to St Michael's church set within the gardens, it was moved in 1953 from the road junction of the B1034, The Street and Halstead Road, for safety reasons. The memorial is a rough-hewn, granite cross set on a tapering plinth upon which the inscriptions are inscribed the whole memorial stands on a two-stepped base. There are 34 names for World War 1 listed by name, year they died and any decorations; for World War 2 there are 11 names listed by surname and two civilians who also died. The memorial was dedicated on 11th April 1920 by local dignitaries and clergy. Details of the unveiling can be found in the Essex County Standard dated 17th April 1920. The memorial names for World War 1 are listed in no particular order but have been sorted here into alphabetical order. There are two further plaques to be found within St Michael's Church, the first lists only 33 names for World War 1, not 34 as the main memorial, and it takes the form of a brass plaque inset into a grey marble mount, mounted on the wall, with names listed in black lettering in three columns. The second plaque contains the 13 names for World War 2, including the civilians, and again is a brass plaque inset into a grey marble mount.

Photographs Copyright © Andy Pay 2004

THESE MEN FROM THIS PARISH LAID DOWN
THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR THAT THOSE
THEY LEFT BEHIND MIGHT LIVE IN PEACE

1914-1918

BACON

Bertie

Trooper 405, 'A' Squadron, 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal). Died 13th June 1916. Aged 29. Born Kirby, enlisted Colchester, resident Frinton-on-Sea. Son of the late George and Mary Ann Bacon, of Kirby-le-Soken, Essex. Buried in LE TREPORT MILITARY CEMETERY, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot 2. Row K. Grave 7C.

BACON

William [Arthur]

Lance Corporal 19474, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 26th September 1916. Born and resident Lower Kirby, enlisted Colchester. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 D.

BARTON, DCM

William Joseph

[Listed as W G BARTON on memorial] Private M2/114444, 2nd Water Tank Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died of wounds 27th October 1918. Aged 27. Born and enlisted Colchester, resident Walton-on-Naze. Son of Joseph and Florence Barton; husband of Florence May Barton, of Royal Earlswood Institution, nr. Redhill, Surrey. Native of Lower Kirby, Essex. Awarded the Distiguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.). Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot LXVI. Row L. Grave 14.

BOOTH

Cyril [Frederick]

Private 24621, 13th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 28th April 1917. Born Ipswich, enlisted Colchester, residen Kirby Cross. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

CLARKE

Frederick William

Private G/42474, 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 11th April 1917. Aged 37. Born Long Kirby, enlisted Warley, resident Lower Kirby. Husband of Emma Jane Clarke, of 1, Ivy Cottages, Lower Kirby-le-Soken, Kirby Cross, Essex. Formerly G/15920, Royal West Kent Regiment. Buried in MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 24.

CLARKE

Herbert [Edward]

Private 10550, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 31st October 1915. Born Thornington, enlisted Southend-on-Sea, resident Lower Kirby. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 85 to 87.

CLARKE

Henry George

Private G/21353, 6th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 27th September 1918. Aged 21. Born and residenjt Kirby, enlisted Warley. Son of C. J. Clarke, of Laburnum Cottage, Kirby-le-Soken, Clacton-on-Sea, and the late George Clarke. Formerly 21066, East Surrey Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 3.

COPPING

Walter [Charles]

Private 1684, 1st/8th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 11th November 1916. Enlisted Colchester, resident Lower Kirby. Buried in ST. MICHAEL CHURCHYARD, KIRBY-LE-SOKEN, Essex.

1684 Private
W.C. Copping
Essex Regt
11th November 1916

CUTHBERT

William

Private RX4/214867, 4th Base Remount Depot, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 2nd February 1917. Aged 38. Born and enlisted Colchester, resident Wivenhoe. Son of William and Ann Cuthbert, of Kirby Cross, Essex. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 205.

FAINT, MM

Robert [James]

Corporal 340176, 319th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 23rd April 1918. Aged 29. Born Beaumont, Essex. Son of Sidney and Emma Faint; husband of E. L. James (formerly Faint), of Potland Beaumont, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). IN the 1901 census he was aged 13, living with his parents in Kirby le Soken. Buried in RENINGHELST NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row C. Grave 4.

Extract from SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 12 JUNE 1918:

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the undermentioned Non-commissioned Officers and Men:-
340176 Cpl. R.J. Faint, R.G.A. (Kirby Cross).

GRAY

Frederick [Alfred]

Private 260159, 1st/8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 27th AUgust 1917. Born Kirby, enlisted Colchester, resident Kirby Cross. Formerly 5867, Essex Regiment. Buried in PERTH CEMETERY (CHINA WALL), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VIII. Row D, Grave 13.

GRAY

Samuel [Walter]

Private 235246, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 31st July 1917. Aged 34. Born and resident Kirby Cross, enlisted Colchester. Husband of Caroline Susan Farrow (formerly Gray), of Kirby Cross, Clacton-on-Sea. Formerly 269595, Hertfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.

GRIMSEY

Bert

Private 41466, 13th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 28th April 1917. Aged 30. Bornm and resident Kirby Cross, enlisted Colchester. Son of Harry and Julia Grimsey, of The Gable, Kirby Cross, Essex; husband of Mary Ann Grimsey, of Cobalt, Ontario, Canada. Formerly 19981, Northamptonshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

GRIMSEY

G

No identification has been made but the following notes apply: Medal cards were issued for

G A GRIMSEY, Private/Lance Corporal 4389, Rifle Brigade,

Godfrey J A GRIMSEY, Private 2220 and also Private 63881, Depot, Suffolk Regiment,

George A GRIMSEY, Private 4389, Rifle Brigade,

Golden GRIMSEY, Private 202289, Suffolk Regiment, George GRIMSEY, Private 3990, Rifle Brigade,

Garnet GRIMSEY, Private 40186, Suffolk Regiment.

JACKSON

Frederick [George]

Rifleman 392931, 1st/9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 14th April 1917. Aged 19. Enlisted Frinton-on-Sea, resident Kirby Cross. Son of George and Emma Jackson, of Willow View, Kirby Cross, Essex. Formerly 3189, Essex Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10.

LING

Charles [Samuel]

Private 961, 9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 3rd September 1916. Aged 28. Born and enlisted Colchester. Husband of M. A. Ling, of 5, Golden Square, North Station Rd., Colchester. Buried in DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot IX. Row C. Grave 5.

LING

Herbert Mark

Private G/20305, 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 18th November 1916. Born Kirby-le-SOken, enlisted Colchester, resident Walton-on-Naze. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B.

LLOYD

David Rhys Cadwgan

[Cadwgan spelt Cadogan on SDGW] Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps and General List. Killed in action over Marquion in France 16th June 1917. Aged 20. Son of Llewelyn and Annie Gertrude Lloyd, of The Yew Trees, Kirby-le-Soken, Essex. Buried in H.A.C. CEMETERY, ECOUST-ST. MEIN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 8.

Extract from de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918, Part Four, Page 112:

LLOYD, DAVID RHYS CADWGAN, Lieut., Royal Flying Corps, yr. s. of Llewellyn Lloyd, of The Yew Trees. Kirby-le-Soken, Co. Essex, MA. Cantab., J.P. co. Flint, by his wife, Annie Gertrude, dau. of Richardson Andrew; b. Tendring, co. Essex, 20 Jan. 1897; educ. Halton; Tring, and Oakham School; joined the Essex Yeomanry 16 Sept. 1914; gazetted 2nd Lieut. The Loyal North Lancashire Regt. 29 Dec. following served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 30 Nov. 1914; was wounded 1 July, 1916; transferred to the Royal Flying Corps 28 Sept.; promoted Lieut. 1 Mar. 1917; returned to France 19 April, and was killed in aerial action over Marquion, near Cambrai, 16 June, 1917. His Commanding Officer wrote: “Everyone liked your son immensely; he was a fine and fearless pilot—almost the best in the squadron—and an undeniable fighter. I miss him dreadfully.” Unm.

In the Church is this individual brass plaque:

I
In Memory of a beloved son and brother
David Rhys Cadwgan Lloyd
Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps, descended from
the Lloyds of Cwm Bychan, Merionethshire,
who after more than two and a half years of active
service fell in action over Marquion in France
on the 16th day of June 1917.
Aged 20 years

MANN

Alfred Arthur

Private 260127, 1st/5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, the Duke of Albany's). Died of wounds 21st May 1917. Aged 34. Born Kirby-Le-Soken, enlisted Colchester. Son of Arthur and Mary Ann Mann, of Kirby-le-Soken, Essex; husband of Ethel Mary Mann, of Station Rd., Kirby Cross, Essex. Formerly 4442, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXV. Row C. Grave 6.

MANN

Frederick

Private 19476, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 13th October 1916. Born Upper Kirby, enlisted Colchester, resident Lower Kirby. Brother of Mr. A. Mann, of Lower Kirby, Essex. Buried in DARTMOOR CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT, Somme, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 64.

MANN

Rowland Sidney

Private 325288, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 12th April 1918. Aged 20. Born Kirby, enlisted Colchester, resident Lower Kirby. Son of John Samuel & Eliza Ann Mann, of Kirby le Soken. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 51 and 52.

MARSHALL

B William

Private 47206, 22nd Battalion (Tyneside Scottish), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 5th June 1917. Born Lower Kirby, enlisted Colchester. Formerly 173824, Royal Engineers. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2 and 3.

PARMENTER

George [Thomas]

Private G/14630, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 30th November 1916. Aged 27. Enlisted Colchester. Husband of Lily F. Parmenter, of Fern Cottage, Kirby Cross, Clacton. Buried in A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 15.

PARMENTER

Harold

Private 13565, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 26th September 1915. Aged 20. Born and resident Kirby Cross, enlisted Chelsmford. Son of A. J. Parmenter, of Mill House, Kirby Cross, Clacton-on-Sea. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 85 to 87.

PARMENTER

Percy [Harold]

Private 24626, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 30th July 1916. Born and resident Kirby Cross, enlisted Colchester. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 D.

PATON

G

No further information currently available - too many entries to try and work out

PODD

Leonard John Raymond

Lance Corporal 250744, 1st/5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds in Cairo 30th August 1917. Aged 20. Enlisted Frinton-on-Sea, resident Kirby Cross. Son of John Jeremiah and Louisa Podd, of Willow Farm Cottage, Kirby Cross, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Buried in CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 297.

PROCTOR, DSO

William Howard

Captain, 10th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 23rd April 1917. Aged 23. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) [London Gazette 26th September 1916]. Son of the Rev. W. G. and E. C. Proctor, of Tonwell Cottage, Bengeo, Hertford. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

Extract from London Gazette 26th September 1916.

"PROCTOR, WILLIAM HOWARD, Temporary Lieut., North Lancashire Regt. For conspicuous gallantry in action. He supported a bomb attack on a strongly held trench. When the attack was checked, he at once joined in with great determination and carried the whole attack forward. Though wounded by a bullet through the Jaw, he led his men on till exhausted by loss of blood."

SKINGLEY

Norman Jack

Private 997, 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 28th April 1915. Aged 20. Born Great Waltham, enlisted Colchester. Son of Charles David and Elizabeth K. Skingley, of Kirby-le-Soken, Clacton-on-Sea. IN the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Great Wltham, resident Kirby le Soken. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34.

SNARE

Arthur Harold

Private 19490, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 30th April 1916. Aged 24. Born Kirby, enlisted Colchester, resident Lower Kirby. Son of William and Harriet Diana Snare, of "Belmont," Great Bentley, Colchester. Buried in ESSEX FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row M. Grave 19.

SOUTHGATE

Albert Charles

Private 43354, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 31st July 1917. Enlisted Colchester, resident Kirby Cross. Son of Matilda Southgate, of 2, Quay Lane, Lower Kirby, Clacton-on-Sea. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 39.

VINSON

Arthur Benjamin

Private 8420, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died of wound sin the Persian Gulf 11th December 1915. Born Stradbrook, Suffolk, enlisted Warley, resident Kirby Cross. Buried in KUT WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot/Row/Section K. Grave 23.

VINSON

Charles

Private 34332, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 30th April 1917. Aged 21. Enlisted Colchester, resident Lower Kirby. Son of George and Minnie Bell Vinson, of Sneating Hall Cottages, Kirby-le-Soken, Clacton-on-Sea. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

WHIPP

Frederick Thomas

Lance Corporal 10552, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 2nd December 1917. Born and resident Kirby-le-Soken, enlisted Southend-on-Sea. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 7 and 8.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

1939-1945

BOLTON

Howard Gerald

Private 6020683, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died during the surrender of Singapore 15th February 1942. Aged 26. Born and resident Essex. Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. J. Bolton, of Kirby Cross, Essex. Buried in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Kranji, Singapore. Plot 12. Row A. Grave 12.

BRIGHT

F

No further information currently available

BUXTON

Robert John

Trooper 5834053, 142nd (7th Battalionn, The Suffolk Regiment) Regiment. Died 21st February 1943. Aged 23. Born and resident Essex. Son of Robert John and Lucy Buxton, of Kirby-le-Soken, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on MEDJEZ-EL-BAB MEMORIAL, Tunisia. Face 6.

COLLINS

Cecil Norman

Sapper 2147562, 6 Base Army Post Office, Royal Engineers. Died 5th August 1945. Aged 40. Born and resident Essex. Son of Charles Robert and Eliza Rebecca Collins; husband of Eunice Florance May Collins, of Kirby Cross, Essex. Buried in NAPLES WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot IV. Row L. Grave 3.

ENEVER

Frederick

Gunner 963628, 13 (Honourable Artillery Company) Regiment. Died 2nd August 1944. Aged 24. Born and resident Essex. Son of Frederick William and Annie Enever; husband of Vera Enever, of Crosshills, Yorkshire. Buried in BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, Francis. Plot XVI. Row A. Grave 22.

FARROW

Arthur Frank

Guardsman 2722649, 3rd Battalion, Irish Guards. Died 19th July 1944. Aged 27. Born and resident Essex. Son of Arthur and Ellen Maud Farrow; husband of Edna May Farrow, of Holloway, London. Buried in BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, Francis. Plot XVI. Row A. Grave 21.

FLETTON

Charles Wesley

Corporal 1872315, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th July 1945. Aged 35. Son of Arthur William and Emily Fletton; husband of Phyllis Mary Fletton, of Kirby Cross, Essex. Buried in FAYID WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 5. Row E. Grave 20.

Photographs Copyright © Angela Butler 2014

HAIGH-THOMAS

David

[Spelt HAIG-THOMAS on CWGC] Lieutenant 120492, Royal Army Service Corps and No. 4 Commando. Died 6th June 1944. Aged 35. Son of Peter and Maud Haig-Thomas, husband of Nancy Haig-Thomas, of Kirby-le-Soken, Essex. Buried in BAVENT CHURCHYARD, Calvados, France.

KOHRING

George Longley

Lance Corporal S/77221, 3 L. of C. Transport Column, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 20th June 1942. Aged 30. Son of Frederick and Beatrice Kohring; husband of Joan Marjorie Kohring, of Forest Hill, London. No known grave. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 73.

MAY, MC

Edward Philip

Captain 158899, 8th (2nd Battalion, The London Rifle Brigade) Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died 5th May 1945. Aged 26. Born in Asia, resident Essex. Son of John Percy and Blanche Ruth May, of Kirby Cross, Essex. Passed Auctioneers and Estate Agents' final examination. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in HANOVER WAR CEMETERY, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 15. Row C. Grave 1.

Note: Many of the graves in Hanover War Cemetery were brought in from prisoner of war camp cemeteries, small German cemeteries and from isolated positions in the surrounding country. The cemetery contains 2,403 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 62 of them unidentified.

WATSON

Harry William

Private 5117968, 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died 19th July 1943. Aged 29. Son of Harry and Elizabeth Watson, of Kirby Cross, Essex. Buried in CATANIA WAR CEMETERY, SICILY, Italy. Plot III. Row A. Grave 45.

CIVIL DEFENCE

GRIGGS

Nathaniel [Martin]

A.R.P. Ambulance Driver. Aged 37, died 31st May 1943. Son of Matilda Griggs, of 150 Hall Lane, Walton-on-Naze, and of the late Walter Griggs; husband of Lilian May Griggs, of Quay Lane, Lower Kirby, Frinton-on-Sea. Injured 30 May 1943, at Frinton-on-Sea; died at Clacton and District Hospital.

HEATH

Alexander John

A.R.P. Died 12th March 1945. Aged 55. Of Beaulieu, Kirby-le-Soken. Son of Alfred Heath; husband of Grace Heath. Injured at Kirby-le-Soken; died same day at Clacton and District Hospital.

Last updated 31 October, 2014

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