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LITTLE EASTON WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Transcribed Kim Andrews; Researched Martin Edwards 2016

There 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.

386th 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.

 
Photographs Copyright © Kim Andrews 2010

Stone tablet

TO THE
MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF LITTLE EASTON
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN TWO WORLD WARS
1914-1918

Wooden board

IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF OUR BROTHERS
WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

UNTO DEATH 1914-1918
GROUT Rupert Charles
[Listed 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.
PEACOCK Francis Henry
Rifleman 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.
PERRY John James
Private 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.
READ Arthur Thomas
[Spelt 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.
SCOTT Charles Andrew
Gunner 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. Panel 10.
1939-1945
COY Walter James
[Walter 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.
NEGUS, DFC Michael
Squadron 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.
STOKES Allen Desmond
[Spelt 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. Grave 7.
STOKES John Finlay
Engine 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.
COLLIER Alfred Frank [Buckland]
Leading 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.
FOR GOD FOR KING FOR COUNTRY

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