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LITTLE LEIGHS WAR MEMORIAL

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The Little Leighs War Memorial is to be found within St John the Evangelist Church, Little Leighs, Essex. Unveiled 10th October 1920 by Mr M. E. Hughes-Hughes, father of Capt. W. M. Hughes-Hughes listed on the memorial, High Sheriff of Essex with local clergy and dignitaries in attendance. It is mounted on the inside south wall of St John the Evangelist Church this rectangular brass plaque measures 910mm x 650mm, and is decorated with red and black lettering and a border of engraved oak leaves and acorns. It records the men of the Parish of Little Leighs who gave their lives in the World War of 1914~1918.

Photographs Copyright © Trevor Wright 2014

A M D G
In Proud and Loving Memory of

HUGHES-HUGHES William Montagu
Captain, 9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Born 5 April 1884, birth registered in Kensington Registration District, London. Son of Montagu Edward and Lydia Margaret Hughes-Hughes, of Leez Priory, Chelmsford. Late of Hertford College, Oxford. M.A., and of the Inner Temple, Barrister-at-Law. Buried in BROWN'S ROAD MILITARY CEMETERY, FESTUBERT, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 19.


Memorial Plaque to Captain William Montagu Hughes~Hughes
Mounted on the inside south wall of St John the Evangelist Church
Photographs Copyright © Trevor Wright 2014

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM MONTAGU HUGHES~HUGHES,
CAPTAIN 9TH BATT. THE WELCH REGIMENT
ELDER SON OF
MONTAGU EDWARD HUGHES-HUGHES OF LEEZ PRIORY.
BORN APRIL 5TH 1884.
KILLED IN ACTION AT GIVENCHY 25TH SEPTEMBER 1915.
BURIED IN THE CEMETERY FESTUBERT.
DULCE EST DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI

Extract from Du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, part two, page 175:

HUGHES-HUGHES, WILLIAM MONTAGU, Capt., 9th (Service) Battn. The Welch Regt., elder s. of Montagu Edward Hughes-Hughes. of Leez Priory, Chelmsford, co. Essex. by his first wife, Lydia Margaret, dau. of John James Rowe, of Liverpool; b. London, 5 April, 1884 educ. Tonbridge School, and Hertford College, Oxford (First Class Jurisprudence. 1907), and was called to the liar (Inner Temple) in 1909. He joined the Inns of Court O.T.C. in 1907, and on the outbreak of war applied for a commission, and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. 9th Welch Regt. 12 Sept. 1914, and promoted Capt. 9 Nov. following : went to France in July, 1015, and was killed in action north of Givenchy during the Battle of Loos, 25 Sept. following. Buried at Festubert. His Colonel wrote: “I am most grieved to tell you that your son has been killed while most gallantly leading his company in an assault on a desperately strong position. He was shot through the head before he had gone 50 yards and killed instantaneously. We were able to recover his body at night and he is buried at Festubert. Your son was a splendid, keen, hard-working and capable officer, and was very largely responsible for the high state of efficiency which the battalion attained, and he is a very great loss to us. He was always the greatest help to me, and I can't tell you how 1 shall miss him." Unm.

CARPENTER Edward Victor
Corporal 9470, 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 20. Born Taunton, enlisted Bordon, Hampshire, resident Chelmsford. Son of Mrs. Annie Carpenter, of Little Leighs Rectory, Chelmsford, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 A.
BROWN Walter
Private 12388, 8th Battalion, Essex regiment. Died of wounds 21 January 1916. Born and resident Great Waltham, enlisted Chelmsford. Son of Mr. W. Brown, of Vine, Great Bardfield, Braintree, Essex. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row H. Grave 42.
DIGBY Charles [Joseph]
[Private] Acting Corporal 202030, 1st/4th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine 19 September 1918. Born and resident Great Leighs, enlisted Chelmsford. In the 1901 census he is aged 16, son of Charles and Susannah Digby, an Agricultural Labourer, born and resident Great Leighs. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Section U. Grave 83. See also Great Leighs
JARVIS Albert
Private 250079, 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine 26 March 1917. Born Great Leighs, enlisted Chelmsford, resident Little Leighs. No known grave. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Panels 33 to 39.
LIVERMORE Albert
Private 27301, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 22 October 1917. Aged 32. Born Great leighs, enlisted Chelmsford. Husband of Mrs. M. Livermore, near The Church, Little Leighs, Chelmsford. In the 1911 census he is aged 25, married to Margaret with two sons, a Horseman on farm, born Little Leighs, resident with his family and mother-in-law near the Church, Little Leighs. Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row I. Grave 4.
MANSFIELD Fred
Private 28476, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 28 September 1918. Aged 33. Born White Notley, enlisted Chelsmford, resident Great Leighs. Son of William Mansfield. Formerly 32373, Essex Regiment. In the 1901 census he was aged 16, the son of William and Catherine Mansfield, a Stockman on Farm. born White Notley, resident Great Leighs. In 1911 his mother had died, he was aged 26. a farmer's Son working on farm, born White Notley, resident Great Leighs. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 88 to 90 and 162. See also Great Leighs
MARSHALL James
Private 12274, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 12 October 1915. Born and resident Great Leighs, enlisted Chelmsford. In the 1901 census he was aged 8, son of James and Eliza Marshall, born Great Leighs, resident with his family in Little Leighs. Buried in DUD CORNER CEMETERY, LOOS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 16.
NICHOLLS Joseph
Private 8832, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 23 February 1915. Aged 25. Born Little Leighs, enlisted Warley. Son of Thomas and Jane Nicholls, of Black Notley, Braintree, Essex. Born at Little Leighs, Chelmsford. In the 1901 census he was aged 11, son of Thomas and Jane Nicholls, born Little Leighs, resident bridge Road, Little Leighs. Buried in ESTAIRES COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 8.
PARKE J
Private. No further information currently available, all J PARKE's on SDGW do not fit. The 7 on the CWGC do not seem to fit either. Cannot find a relevant death military or civilian for J PARKE between 1914 and 1921. there are 65 PARK surnames with J in the intials somewhere on SDGW but none of these fit. Cannot find anything matching on the 1901 or 1911 census nor in the births and baptisms. There was a James Cecil PARKE, who served in the Leinster Rifles as a Captain then as a Major, 6th Battalion, Essex Regiment but he lived in Llandudno.
SEARLES Frederick
Private 8688, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 15 December 1914. Aged 26. Born and resident Little Leighs, enlisted Warley. Son of Charles and Eliza Searles, of Little Leighs, Chelmsford, Essex. His brother James Henry Searles also fell (see below). In the 1901 census he was aged 12, son of Charles and Eliza Searles, Yard Boy on Farm, born Little Leighs, resident with his family Little Leighs. on 27 June 1906, aged 18, he attested for 4th Battalion, Essex Regiment, service number 825. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 65.
SEARLES James Henry
Private 16415 [CWGC] or 16115 [SDGW], 9th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 6 September 1916. Aged 19. Born and resident Chelsmford, enlisted London. Son of Charles and Eliza Searles, of Little Leighs, Chelmsford. His brother Fredrick Searles also fell (see above). Birth registered in the Jan-Mar Quarter 1897 in the Chelmsford Registration District. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, son of Charles and Eliza Searles, a Domestic House Boy, born Little Leighs, resident with his family near Warren Farm, Little Leighs. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, son of Charles and Eliza Searles, born Little Leighs, resident with his family Little Leighs. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C.

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in the Great War 1914-1918

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