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THORPE LE SOKEN WAR MEMORIAL

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

The town war memorial for Thorpe Le Soken, Essexis just through town centre on the junction of B1033 (Abbey Street) and B1414 (Station Road)and Thorpe Road. It takes the form of a five-stepped base surmounted by a tapered plinth, shaft and Latin cross. The inscription is in black lettering on two sides of the plinth. And posts surround the memorial linked with chains. There are also three ornate street lights placed equidistant around the memorial. There are 37 names for World War 1 and 10 for World War 2. The memorial was first unveiled on 23rd May 1920 by General The Lord Byng of Vimy. Orginally a captured German mortar sat beside the memorial but has now been removed.
Photographs Copyright © Andy Pay 2004

IN MEMORY OF
THE GALLANT MEN OF
THORPE-LE-SOKEN WHO FELL
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

ABBS

George
Private 9722. 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds Gallipoli 20th May 1915, aged 23 years. Son of Mr G A and Mrs E C Abbs of Abbey Street, Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Born Thorpe le Soken, enlisted Harwich and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Helles Memorial. Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233.

AUSTIN

Stanley
Lance Corporal 5305. 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action 18th August 1916. Born c 1896 son of Frederick and Fanny Austin, brother of Sydney C Austin. Born Thorpe le Soken, enlisted Colchester and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 16B and 16C.

AUSTIN

Sydney C
Private 12554. 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 20th October 1915. Born c 1895 son of Frederick and Fanny Austin, brother of Stanley Austin. Born Thorpe le Soken, enlisted Chelmsford and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Loos Memorial. Panel 85 to 87.

BAILEY

Arthur
Private 32471. 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 6th September 1918. Born Thorpe le Soken, enlisted Warley and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension. V.M.17.

BARTON

Walter
Corporal 9226. 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Gallipoli 6th June 1915. Born Weeley, enlisted Colchester and resident Weeley, Essex. Commemorated Twelve Trees Copse Cemetery. II.A.12.

BOWLES

F
Possibly Frank Bowles. Private 25706. 13th Battalion, east Surrey Regiment, formerly 15194 Royal West Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 26th March 1918. Born London (place unspecified) and enlisted Warley, Brentwood, Essex. Commemorated Arras Memorial. Bay 6.

BRADFORD

Stanley George
Gunner 26270. C Battery, 78th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 5th April 1918. Born Thorpe le Soken, Essex and enlisted Stratford (which unspecified). Commemorated Varennes Military Cemetery. I.L.39.

BRITTON

Sidney George
Private G/14593. 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 7th June 1918, aged 25 years. Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Britton of 2 Railway Cottages, Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Enlisted Colchester, Essex. Commemorated Cambrin Military Cemetery. O.36.

BRYANT

Arthur James
Sergeant 8486. 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 16th June 1917, aged 26 years. Son of Mrs E Bryant of 2 Railway Cottages, Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Arras Memorial. Bay 4.

CARTER

Herbert John
Private 201739. 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, formerly 19986 Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 20th November 1917, aged 41 years. Son of Meshech and Ellen Carter of Elvedon, Norfolk. Husband of Rose Jane Holt (formerly Carter) of 43 Meredith Road, Clacton, Essex. Born Sudbury, Suffolk and enlisted Colchester, Essex. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial. Panel 40 to 41 and 162 to 162A.

COBB

Arthur
Private 4385. 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds 3rd August 1916. Born Southwold, Suffolk, enlisted Colchester and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 6B and 6C.

COBB

William H
Private 955. 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 6th March 1916. Born Thorpe (which unspecified) and enlisted Colchester, Essex. Commemorated Loos Memorial. Panel 65 to 67.

COOK

Ernest W
Drummer 17097. 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died Palestine 28th April 1918, aged 39 years. Son of Dan and Harriet Cook of Little Clacton, Essex. Husband of Annie Ellen Burton (formerly Cook) of The Garage, Walton on the Naze, Essex. Born Little Clacton, enlisted Colchester and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Jerusalem War Cemetery. V.53.

DAINES

Stanley
Private 4386. 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 2nd August 1917, aged 21 years. Son of William Daines of 8 Landermere, Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Born Wesley and enlisted Colchester, Essex. Commemorated Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux. II.D.1 (Spec Mem).
DENNY
Frederick Alan
Private 202475. 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers, formerly 4064 Essex Regiment. Killed in action 5th July 1917, aged 30 years. Son of Frederick and Martha Denny of Barnards Farm, Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Born Crowfield, Ipswich (as GWGC) or Stowmarket (as SDGW), Suffolk and enlisted Chelmsford, Essex. Buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. Plot ll. Row l. Grave 15.

Photograph Courtesy &
Copyright © Tresham (John) Mayhew 2005

DOWNS

Joseph
Private 40056. 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 4th October 1916, aged 21 years. Son of Mr H Downs of Malting Cottages, Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Enlisted Colchester and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, Montauban. M.11.

DUMERTON

Owen Cameron
Private 201632. 4th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Palestine 19th September 1918, aged 21 years. Son of John Alexander and Flora Cameron Dumerton of Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Born Thorpe le Soken, enlisted Warley and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Ramleh War Cemetery. U.85.

HARRIS

Leonard Pryor
Private 13509. 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 26th September 1915, aged 23 years. Son of Philip and Emily J Harris of Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Born Thorpe le Soken, Essex and enlisted Ipswich, Suffolk. Commemorated Loos Memorial. Panel 37 and 38.

HARVEY

Ernest C
[Entered as E T Harvey on memorial.] Private 269807. 7th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). Killed in action 19th May 1917. Born Thorpe (which unspecified) and enlisted Colchester, Essex. Commemorated Arras Memorial. Bay 7.

HERBERT

Maurice
Private 35270. 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Enlisted Clacton and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Arras Memorial. Bay 7.

HERBERT

William Robert
Rifleman C/543. 16th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 15th July 1916, aged 28 years. Son of William and Sarah Herbert of High Street, Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Born Thorpe le Soken, enlisted Colchester and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval. XVIII.I.14.

HUBBARD

Charles Alfred
Private 250649. 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Palestine 26th March 1917. Enlisted Clacton and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Jerusalem Memorial. Panel 33 to 39.

JARRARD

Cecil Herbert
Military Medal. Private 3/3586. 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 12th October 1916, aged 21 years. Son of George and Louisa Jarrard of High Street, Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Born Colchester, enlisted Harwich and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Bancourt British Cemetery. XI.B.3.

KING

Albert William
Lance Corporal 12972. 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 1st November 1915, aged 17 years. Son of Mrs Jemima Vinson of Abbey Street, Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Born and enlisted Elmswell, Suffolk. Commemorated Vermelles British Cemetery. I.D.1.

MANN

Alfred William
Lance Corporal 34633. 7th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died at sea 15th April 1917, aged 23 years. Husband of Annie Jones (formerly Mann) of Council Houses, Second Green, Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Born Kirby le Soken and enlisted Colchester, Essex. Commemorated Chatby Memorial.

PARMENTER

George Thomas
Private G/14630. 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 30th November 1916, aged 27 years. Husband of Lily F Parmenter of Fern Cottage, Kirby Cross, Essex. Enlisted Colchester, Essex. Commemorated A I F Burial Ground, Flers. IV.B.15.

PEARTREE

Fred
Private 959. 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 27th March 1915, aged 29 years. Son of (the late) George Peartree and Maria Orbell (formerly Peartree) of High Street, Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Born Clacton and enlisted Colchester, Essex. Commemorated La Laiterie Military Cemetery. I.A.13.

PLUMMER

Harry C
Private 250712. 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds Palestine 27th March 1917. Enlisted Colchester and resident Tendring, Essex. Commemorated Gaza War cemetery. X.G.8.

PUDNEY

William
Private 3/3204. 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds at sea 4th July 1915. Born Thorpe le Soken, enlisted Harwich and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Helles Memorial. Panel 44 to 150 or 229 to 233.

ROSE

Henry George
Private 960. 12th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 2nd August 1917. Born Thorpe (which unspecified) and enlisted Colchester, Essex. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 34.

ROWE

Jesse
Private 607. 32nd Battalion, Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force. Died 20th July 1916, aged 24 years. Son of Albert George and Beatrice Mary Rowe of Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated V.C Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles. 6.

SALMON

Edward Albert
Rifleman 12546. 9th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 24th August 1916, aged 19 years. Son of John and Alice L Salmon of 4 Railway Cottages, Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Born Clapton, enlisted Colchester and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval. VIII.K.7.

SALMON

John Richard
Rifleman 5306. 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action 25th September 1915. Born Great Holland, enlisted Colchester and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Ploegsteert Memorial. Panel 10.

SMITH

Charles
Sergeant 1705, 9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 26 September 1915, the second day of the Battle of Loos. Aged 22. Born and enlisted Colchester. Son of Harry and Sarah Smith of St Osyth, later 6, Council Houses, Elmstead Market, Colchester. Prior to enlisting, he worked as a baker in Thorpe Le Soken. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 65 to 67. Also listed on St Osyth War Memorial and Elmstead Market War Memorial.

Photograph Copyright © Angela Grayston 2014

SPARROW

James Arthur
Entered as A J Sparrow on memorial. Private 41054. 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 29th May 1918, aged 25 years. Son of James and Eliza Sparrow of Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Born Shotley, Suffolk and enlisted Colchester, Essex. Commemorate Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes. Plot 4. Row A. Grave 6.

SPINK

Ernest
Private G/24648. 7th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, formerly 4379 East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 28th September 1916. Born Thorpe le Soken, enlisted Colchester and resident Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 5D and 6D.

WALLER

Cyril David
Private S4/084688. 54th Field Bakery, Army Service Corps. Died 15th June 1915, aged 26 years. Son of John and Esther Waller of Kirby Road, Great Holland, Essex. Born Thorpe le Soken, enlisted Colchester and resident Kirby Cross, Essex. Commemorated Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. VIII.A.81.

LEST WE FORGET

ALSO TO THE MEMORY
OF THOSE WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES IN THE
2ND WORLD WAR 1939-1945

DURRANT

E J
Private on memorial. Possibly Ernest James Durrant. Private 6018177. 4th Battalion, Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Died 28th May 1940. Commemorated Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery. Plot 4. Row A. Grave 13.

GOULD

H R
Private on memorial but no H R Gould identified. Possibly Horace Gould. Private 6009756. 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 29th November 1941. Commemorated Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma. 2.H.20.

HAWKINS

Alfred Victor
Sergeant 6018523. 2/5th Battalion, West Surrey Regiment. Died 12th September 1943, aged 28 years. Son of Frederick Arthur and Ethel Annie Hawkins of Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Salerno War Cemetery. I.F.44.

LEGGETT

D J
Private on memorial. Possibly Douglas Jeffrey Leggett. Private 6031413. 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died 28th January 1945, aged 28 years. Commemorated Taukkyan War Cemetery. 26.C.15.

RIX

Ernest George Frederick
Private 5779295. 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 25th January 1942, aged 27 years. Son of William Charles and Ann Rix of Little Bentley, Essex. Husband of Irene Rix. Commemorated Kranji War Cemetery. Coll Grave. 18.D.13-16.

ROBERTS

G D
Sergeant on memorial. Possibly George Derrick Roberts. Sergeant 409083. 6th (Airborne) Armoured Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 12th April 1945, aged 26 years. Son of John Watt and Violet Ann Roberts. Husband of Millicent Olive Roberts of Yiewsley, Mdx. Commemorated Hanover War Cemetery. 15.F.1.

SMITH

Sidney Herbert
Trooper 6018112. 43rd (2/5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment) Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 24th June 1944, aged 25 years. Son of Walter and Emily Smith of Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Husband of Daphne M D Smith of Hatfield, Herts. Commemorated Bayeux Memorial. Panel 7.

STANFORD

Alan Percy
Lieutenant 276985. G Battery, 13 (The Honourable Artillery Company) Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. Died 3rd July 1944, aged 25 years. Son of Percy and Eva Stanford of Wix, Essex. Commemorated Ryles War Cemetery, Bazenville. VI.A.4.

WALTON

H C
Sergeant on memorial. Possibly Henry Charles Walton. Sergeant 571411, Royal Air Force. 161 Squadron. Died 23rd January 1944, aged 22 years. Son of Arthur William and Lilly May Walton of Poole, Dorset. Commemorated Runnymede Memorial. Panel 239.

WRIGHT

Guy Henry Warwick
Military Cross. Major 45947. 74 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 29th December 1941, aged 44 years. Son of H J Lloyd and Eleanor Wright. Husband of Margery Charlotte Wright of Thorpe le Soken, Essex. Commemorated Pembroke Military Cemetery. 1.4.10.

Last updated 29 July, 2016

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