EASTON WAR MEMORIAL
War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed Kim Andrews; Researched Martin
are several memorials of one sort or another around Little Easton. Stirling
Walk commemorates 190 and 620 Sqadrons of the Royal Air Force and is
a memorial walk within the gardens of Easton Lodge; dedicated 9 July
2000. In Duck Street there is a stone tablet set into wall, with dark
lettering, commemorating those who gave their lives in World War 1 (5
names) and World War 2 (5 names). This was sponsored by the Countess
of Warwuickshire and unveiled by Rt Hon. Earl of Warwick 11 September
1921. Details appeared in the Essex Chronicle 16 September 1921. Within
St Mary's Church, on the left-hand wall inside the main entrance, is
a seven panelled board with the central one having a pediment and latin
cross. The names of those who served are in six columns with the central
column for the fallen. Lettering is in black with "FOR GOD FOR
KING FOR COUNTRY" carved along the lower edge. The same men are
listed fopr World War 1 and World War 2.
Bormber Group flew from Easton Lodge Airfield. To commemorate the American
Airman there is a elaborate chapel in St Mary's Church containing two
stained glass windows, two angled plaques explaining the iconography
of the windows, two panels of names, a dedication plaque, and a painting
of a B-26 Marauder Aircraft. There are also five kneelers depicting
badges as listed. The windows depict: the window of the crusaders -
central figure of Christ. Above in the tracery are the Banner of Victory;
Eight Air Force badge; Distinguished Service Cross; blunted sword and
victors wreath; 9th Air Force badge. On the left lancet: an airmen in
front of B-26 preparing for a mission; B-26 Group under AA attack in
"missing man" formation. Lower centre (below Christ): ground
crews and ambulance, runways and control tower. On the right lancet:
an airman with two spectral crusaders behind him; four Marauders in
flight escorted by Spitfire and P-47 Thunderbolt. The window of friendship
and peace: left lancet - American airman and RAF flying officer in conversation.
Right lancet: an American airmen with local villagers. Background shows
Easton Lodge (airfield site) and US/UK flags. Tracery depicts a dove
with olive branch (left); eagle in flight (right) purple heart and European
Victory Medal. Lower left: two hands clasped in friendship, and an oak
tree. Kneelers depict the squadrons of the 386th Bomber Group: 552nd,
553rd, 554th, 555th, and the badge of the 9th Air Force. There are two
plaques carrying the names of 193 American Airmen.
MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF LITTLE EASTON
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN TWO WORLD WARS
GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF OUR BROTHERS
WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918
as GRANT on SDGW] Private 40186, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment.
Killed in action 8 December 1916. Aged 27. Born and resident Little
Easton, enlisted Dunmow. Son of Harry and Mary Grout, of Little
Easton, Dunmow; husband of Nellie Maude Baker (formerly Grout),
of Little Easton, Dunmow, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 D.
6672, 9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rifles),
London Regiment. Died of wounds 25 January 1917. Aged 19. Enlisted
Chelmsford, resident Dunmow. Son of Emma Peacock, of Little Easton,
Dunmow, Essex, and the late Harry Peacock. Formerly 3156, Essex
Regiment. Buried in MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord,
France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 35.
7967, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action
11 November 1917. Born Great Easton, Essex, enlisted Barintree,
Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Panel 104 to 105.
REED on SDGW & CWGC] Private 27008, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment.
Died of wounds 18 September 1917. Aged 30. Born Thorley, Hertfordshire,
enlisted Dunmow, resident Little Easton. Son of George William and
Hannah Reed, of Ivy Cottage, Mill End, Little Easton, Dunmow, Essex.
Buried in MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, . Plot I. Row
M. Grave 2.
157621, 41st Brigade H.Q., Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds
27 May 1918. Born Great Easton, enlisted Braintree, resident Dunmow.
No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France.
John Coy on stone memorial,listed a James COY on CWGC] Sergeant
528782, Royal Air Force. Died 29 July 1942. No known grave. Commemorated
on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 80.
Leader (Pilot) 33574, 605 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 7 April
1944. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC0. No known grave.
Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 201.
Allan on CWGC] Sergeant 567993, 94 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died
1 October 1941. Aged 22. Son of John and Mary Stokes, of Little
Easton, Essex. His brother John Finlay Stokes also fell [see below].
Buried in ISMAILIA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 6. Row D.
Room Artificer 4th Class C/MX 66756, H.M.S. Leda, Royal Navy. Died
20 September 1942. Aged 25. Son of John and Mary Stokes, of Little
Easton, Essex. His brother Allan Desmond Stokes also fell [See above].
No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel
60, Column 2.
Seaman C/J94967, H.M.S. Danuabe, Royal Navy. Died 20 February 1941.
Aged 37. Son of William George and Maria Collier; husband of Florence
Rosena May Collier, of Dunmow. Buried in BARKINGSIDE CEMETERY, ILFORD,
Essex. Grave 1057.
GOD FOR KING FOR COUNTRY
3 January, 2016