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IFIELD WAR MEMORIAL

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Mick Tilley 2007

This World War I memorial is a simple stone in the churchyard of St Margaret’s church.

THE INHABITANTS OF IFIELD AND THEIR FRIENDS HAVE RAISED THIS MEMORIAL
TO THEIR BROTHERS WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR THEM IN THE
GREAT WAR 4 AUG 1914 - 11 NOV 1918

ON WHOSE SOULS MAY GOD HAVE MERCY
BY THY CROSS, GOOD LORD DELIVER

BOUCHER

William Moore

[Memorial states Acting Captain] Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 20th November 1917. Buried in FIFTEEN RAVINE BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLERS-PLOUICH. Plot III. Row B. Grave 13.

BROADWOOD

Maximilian Francis

[Memorial states Lieutenant] Second Lieutenant, "B"Company, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 24th August 1914. Aged 21. Son of Francis and Mary S. C. Broadwood, of Hever Court, Singlewell, Gravesend. Buried in HAUTRAGE MILITARY CEMETERY. Plot I. Row E. Grave 18.

BROADWOOD, CB

Robert George

C.B. Lieutenant-General, General staff commanding 57th Division previously 12th (Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers. Died 21st June 1917/ Aged 55. Awarded the C.B. Buried in ANZAC CEMETERY, SAILLY-SUR-LA-LYS. Plot II. Row I. Grave 6.

COLYER-FERGUSSON, V.C.

Thomas Riversdale

Captain, 2nd Battallion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 31st July 1917/ Aged 21. Awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.). Son of Thomas Colyer Colyer Fergusson and the late Beatrice Stanley Colyer Fergusson, of Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks, Kent. Born in London. Buried in MENIN ROAD SOUTH MILITARY CEMETERY. Plot II. Row E. Grave 1.

An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 30272, dated 4th Sept., 1917; records the following:-

"For most conspicuous bravery, skilful leading and determination in attack. The tactical situation having developed contrary to expectation, it was not possible for his company to adhere to the original plan of deployments, and owing to the difficulties of the ground and to enemy wire, Captain Colyer Fergusson found himself with a Serjeant and five men only. He carried out the attack nevertheless, and succeeded in capturing the enemy trench and disposing of the garrison. His party was then threatened by a heavy counter-attack from the left front, but this attack he successfully resisted. During this operation, assisted by his Orderly only, he attacked and captured an enemy machine gun and turned it on the assailants, many of whom were killed and a large number driven into the hands of an adjoining British unit. Later, assisted only by his Serjeant, he again attacked and captured a second enemy machine gun, by which time he had been joined by other portions of his company, and was enabled to consolidate his position. The conduct of this officer throughout forms an amazing record of dash, gallantry and skill, for which no reward can be too great, having regard to the importance of the position won. This gallant officer was shortly afterwards killed by a sniper."

Additional Notes:

  1. Thomas Colyer-Fergusson is also listed on the WWI memorial in Gravesend and on a plaque in St Peter's church, Ightham
  2. An image of Thomas Colyer-Fergussonís gravestone can be found on Wikipedia.
  3. According to the Victoria Cross Website, Thomas Colyer-Fergusson was born in London on 18th February 1896
  4. Ightham Mote, the Colyer-Fergusson home, was sold in 1951 and later donated to the National Trust in 1985

COTTERILL

Henry

Private G/3740, 1st Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 25th September 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 13 to 15.

ELDRIDGE

Albert

Private L/9701, 2nd Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 7th November 1914. Aged 25. Son of William and Mary Ann Eldridge, of Black Cottages, Grange Farm, Boxley, Maidstone. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Belgium. Panel 11 - 13 and 14.

HALL

William

Pte. R.W. Kent Possibly

HALL, WILLIAM, Private G/8018, 11th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). D9ied 15th September 1916. Aged 34. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Hall, of 44, Manchester Rd., Poplar; husband of L. E. Hall, of 14, Manchester Rd., Poplar, London. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 C.

Or:

HALL, W E, Private 23197, 6th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 9th April 1917. Buried in FEUCHY CHAPEL BRITISH CEMETERY, WANCOURT. Plot III. Row J. Grave 3.

LONGHURST

George

Pte. Kingís Royal Rifles Possibly: LONGHURST, GEORGE, Private 42826, 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died 10th May 1918. Aged 25. Son of G. and E. Longhurst, of 8, Woodland Terrace, Malling Rd., Snodland, Kent. Buried in TOURGEVILLE MILITARY CEMETERY. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 2.

MITCHELL

Robert

Serjeant 11732, 176th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Died 5th June 1915. Aged 37. Husband of May Still (formerly Mitchell), of 6, Jubilee Cottages, Singlewell, Gravesend, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL. Panel 1.

STRANGER

Richard Henry

Lieutenant (Adjutant), 1st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died 13th March 1915. Aged 25. Son of Richard John and Wilhelmina Key Stranger, of "Winsford," Istead Rise, Gravesend. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY. Plot II. Row B. Grave 14.

TUFF

Cecil Thomas

Captain, "D" Company, 3rd Battalion attached 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 18th April 1915. Aged 29. Son of Charles Tuff, J.P., of Westfield, Singlewell, near Gravesend, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Belgium. Panel 45 and 47.

TUFF

Frank Noel

Listed as Lieutenant, Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles on memorial Probably: TUFF, F N, Second Lieutenant, Royal East Kent Yeomanry. Died 5th November 1915. Buried in PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY. Plot D. Row II. Grave 1.

YOUNG

Albert Stewart Logan

Private 79802, 31st Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment). Died 11th October 1918. Aged 29. Son of Edward and Marie E. E. Young. Buried in NIAGARA CEMETERY, IWUY. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 36.

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