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STAMBRIDGE (ESSEX) - Roll of Honour

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed Andy Pay; Researched Martin Edwards & Andy Pay 2004

There are two plaques within the parish church of St Mary and All Saints, Stambridge Road, Great STambridge, to those who fell in both World Wars. The World War 1 plaque is wall mounted, made of brass, with a small picture in the centre of it; it names 6 men who died in that conflict. The World War 2 plaque is rectangular, sits below the World War 1 plaue, and is also made of brass; it names 4 men who died. Also within the village, in Stambridge Road, is a memorial hall erected to the memory of those who died in World War1 and opened by the Bishop of Chelmsford 17th January 1922; it cost circa £900 to build. Details can be found in the Essex Chronicle 20th January 1922. There are no names listed on, or in, the memiorial hall but it carries the dedication, "STAMBRIGDE MEMORIAL HALL IN RECOGNITION OF ALL WHO SERVED THEIR KING AND COUNTRY 1914-1918 1939-1945"

Photographs Copyright © Andy Pay 2004


AUSTIN William George

Company Sergeant Major 270524, 1st/6th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 26th March 1917 in Palestine. Born Bradford-on-Avon, enlisted Rochford, Essex, resident Stambridge. Commemorated on the JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel. Panels 33 to 39.

Southend Standard, 1-8-1918

AUSTIN, William George - C.S.M. 448 (270524), H Company, 1/6th Essex Regiment

C.S.M. Austin was born at Bradford On Avon, and lived at Ivy house, Stambridge where he was employed as a foreman at Rankins Mills. He was mobilised at Prittlewell on 14-1-15, and left Devonport on the S.S.Southland as part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, serving at Gallipoli. He later went to Palestine where he was reported missing after the Battle of Gaza on 27th March 1917, and was officially presumed to have been killed on that date in July 1918. He was 39 years old and left a widow and daughter Cissie. He is commemorated on the Jerusalem War Memorial, a plaque and window in West Ham Church and on Stambridge War Memorial.

CLARK Thomas Walter

Bombardier 17428, "D" Battery, 112th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 5th July 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born Stambridge, enlisted Southend. Son of George and Emily Clark, of 2, Rectory Cottages, Stambridge, Rochford, Essex. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave LXVII. F. 21.

Southend Standard, 25-7-1918

CLARKE, Thomas Walter - Bombadier, No 17428, D Battery, R.F.A.

Bombadier Clarke was the son of Mr.George Clarke of Great Stambridge, and enlisted at Southend in November 1914. He died at the 7th Canadian General Hospital, Etaples on the 5th July 1918 of Bronchitis and Pnuemonia. He was 24 years old. His Brother Private V Clarke was serving in a Labour company.

FOSTER Percy Edwin

Driver 98115, Royal Field Artillery. Died in England 19th April 1915. Age 18. Born Canewdon, enlisted Southend. Son of Emma A. Foster, of Brick Cottages, Great Stambridge, and the late Jesse Foster. Buried in the South-East corner of ST MARY AND ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, STAMBRIDGE, Essex.

Southend Standard, 29-4-1915

FOSTER, Percy Edwin - Driver, No 98115, 24th Reserve Battery, R.F.A.

Born at Canewdon, Driver Foster lived at Brick Cottages, Great Stambridge, and was the son of Emma A.Foster and the late Jesse Foster. He enlisted at Southend in March 1915, and died of Pnuemonia at Woolwich on 19th April 1915 aged 18. He was buried in a war grave in Great Stambridge churchyard.

HINES Joseph Henry

Private 5125, 2nd/7th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died in England 5th May 1916. Age 18. Born Canewdon, enlisted Southend-on-Sea, resident Great Stambridge. Buried near the South boundary in ST MARY AND ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, STAMBRIDGE, Essex.

Southend Standard, 18-5-1916

HINES, Joseph Henry - Private, No 5125, 2/7th Essex Regiment

Private Hines was the son of George and Eliza Hines, of 6 Council Cottages, Great Stambridge and was born at Canewdon. He had been in the Army for only two weeks when he died of Pnuemonia at Thetford on 5th May, aged 19. His body was brought back from Thetford on 15th May by train, and he was buried in Great Stambridge churchyard on the following Thursday.

KEMP Thomas Stone

Private G/22591, 6th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died of wounds 11th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Born Paglesham, enlisted Southend-on-Sea, resident Great Stambridge. Son of Frederick and Mary Ann Kemp, of East End, Paglesham, Essex. Formerly 23497, 21st Lancers. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. O. 10.

Southend Standard, 26-4-1917

KEMP, Thomas Stone - Private, No G/22591, 6th Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment

Private Kemp was the youngest son of Mr & Mrs.F.Kemp of The Shepherd & Dog Inn, Stambridge. He was born and educated at Paglesham, and had moved to Stambridge with his parents in about 1912. He enlisted in the 21st Lancers (No 23497) at Southend in February 1916 and was later transferred to the Queens. He died of wounds at Arras on the 11th April 1917 aged 21, and after four months at the front and was buried at Duisans. His elder brother William was serving with the Lancers.

PURKISS James Freeman

Private 39147, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 21st October 1918 in France & Flanders. Buried in HIGHLAND CEMETERY, LE CATEAU, Nord, France. Grave VIII. B. 2.

Southend Standard, 20-2-1919

PURKIS, James Freeman - Private, No 39147, 9th Norfolk Regiment.

Private Purkis was born at Barling , the second son of Mr & Mrs W.Purkis of Brick House, Stambridge. He was unmarried and enlisted in Southend in June 1918. He died of wounds near Bohain, North of St.Quentin on 23rd October 1918 aged 21. He is commemorated on the family grave in Stambridge churchyard.

SOAL Frank [Francis]

Private 42802, 6th Battalion, Liecestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 5th September 1918. Age 19. Born Stambridge, enlisted Southend, resident Prittlewell, Essex. Son of Samuel P and Ellen Soal, of Scratton Lodge, Brook Rd., Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea. Native of Little Stambridge, Essex. Formerly 2843, Essex Yeomanry. Buried in BAGNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GEZAINCOURT, Somme, France. Grave VI. F. 17.

Southend Standard, 19-9-1918

SOAL, Francis - Private, No 42802, Essex Yeomanry attached 6th Leicestershire Regiment

Private Frank Soal was the youngest son of Mr & Mrs Soal, Scratton Lodge, Brook End, Prittlewell and the Rectory, Little Stambridge. He was educated at Southend Boys High School and was later apprenticed to Mr. Horace Sloman, Electrical Engineer at Southend. He enlisted in the Essex Yeomanry (No 2843) in March 1917 and was subsequently transferred to the Leicestershire Regiment. He was killed in action in France on 5th September 1918 aged 19, and was buried at Egremont, Bapaume. He is also commemorated on the Prittlewell War Memorial.

WAR OF 1914-1919


HILLS William Charles
Lance Corporal 2325726, Royal Corps of Signals attached to 9th Indian Division Signals, Indian Signal Corps. Died 24th December 1941 during the Japanese sweep through to Singapore. Age 26. Buried in TAIPING WAR CEMETERY, Malaysia. Grave 1. G. 13.
HINES Charles Robert
Warrant Officer (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 747867, 150 Squadron, Royal Air ForceVolunteer Reserve. Died 31st December 1944. Age 26. Son of George Arthur and Eliza Ann Hines, of Great Stambridge, Essex. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Collective grave 22. E. 1-4.
MATTHEWS George Robert
Private 6019238, 10th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died 23rd January 1944. Age 24. Son of Walter Robert Matthews, and of Emily Louise Matthews, of Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. Commemorated on the CASSINO MEMORIAL, Italy. Panel 9.
Private 6020710, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died as a POW 19th July 1943. Age 23. Son of Leonard and Minnie Searles, of Great Stambridge, Essex. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Grave B4. J. 10.


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