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ALDEBY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Lynda Smith 2005
Extra RAF information by Geoff Sewell.

Aldeby is a tiny village situated west of Lowestoft on the Norfolk / Suffolk border. There are memorials to men of both World Wars in Aldeby church. Both are made from marble. Both memorials give full name and Regiment. For more information and pictures of Aldeby church please see Simon’s Norfolk Church Website.

Photographs Copyright © Simon Knott 2005

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY OF THE MEN OF ALDEBY
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR, 1914 – 1918.

ALGER George
Private 32556. 7th Battalion East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 30th November 1917. Born Aldeby. Lived Deptford, Kent. Enlisted Camberwell, Surrey. Commemorated: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Panel 6.
ALP Frederick Harry Benjamin
Lance Corporal 1028. 22nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 24th May 1916. Born Toftmonks, Norfolk. Lived Chippenham. Enlisted Canning Town, London. Commemorated: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.
ALP Leonard

Seaman 5715A. H.M.S. Clan McNaughton, Royal Naval Reserve. Died on 3rd February 1915. Aged 19. Son of Frederick Alp. Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Column 14.

Special note: HMS Clan MacNaughton was last heard of off the north coast of Ireland on 3rd February 1915. She is assumed to have foundered and sunk with all hands.

BROWN Bertie William
Private 19258. 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died in Mesopotamia on 20th July 1917. Born Aldeby. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Basra War Cemetery, Iraq. Ref. IV. E. 9.
COOPER Herbert George
Private 17393. 1st Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 25th May 1915. Aged 19. Born Burgh St Peter, Norfolk. Enlisted Beccles. Eldest son of George and Florence Cooper, of Miles Cottages, Aldeby, Beccles, Norfolk. Commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.
EGGETT James
Shoeing Smith 10/772. 87th Battery Royal Field Artillery. Died at home on 4th November 1918. Aged 45. Born Norwich. Enlisted Woolwich, Kent. Husband of Harriet Eggett, of Sparham Hill, Great Witchingham, Norfolk. Buried: Lambeth (Tooting) Cemetery, London. Ref. Screen Wall. A.3. 451.
HOWES Harold
(Not on the CD). Private 16765. 33rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Transferred to (59641) Labour Corps. Died at home on 28th July 1918. Aged 24. Son of Thomas James and Mary Ann Howes, of Aldeby. Born at Wheatacre. Buried: Aldeby (St. Mary) Churchyard. East end of church.
LEATHERS Fred W
Engineman 1515/ES. H.M. Drifter Buckler, Royal Naval Reserve. Died on 11th May 1916. Aged 25. Husband of Eva M. Butcher (formerly Leathers), of Aldeby. Buried: Aldeby (St. Mary) Churchyard. East end of church.
MANTHORPE Alfred Albert
Gunner 153301. 252nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 20th March 1918. Born and lived Aldeby. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: The Huts Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. XV. C. 7.
NEWSON Henry
Private 43852. 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Formerly 4467 Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France & Flanders on 18th January 1919. (CD gives 19th January). Born Aldeby. Enlisted Lowestoft. Buried: St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. S. IV. J. 1.
ORPIN Harry C
Possibly: Harry Clayton Orpin. Ship's Chief Cook 340631. H.M.S. Pembroke, Royal Navy. Died on 13th June 1915. Buried: Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Kent. Ref. Naval. 19. 982.
ROUSE James Herbert
Private 31608. 11th Battalion Essex Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 24th June 1917. Aged 20. Born Beccles, Suffolk. Lived Aldeby. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Mrs. Maria Rouse. Commemorated: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 85 to 87.
SAKER Allard John
(CWGC & CD have Christian name as Allured.) Private 8912. 1st Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 25th May 1915. Aged 19. Born Wenhaston, Suffolk. Enlisted Halesworth. Son of James and Julia A. M. Saker, of Park Farm, North Elmham, Dereham, Norfolk. Commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.
SELF Arthur Edward
Private 43337. 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died at home on 27th November 1916. Aged 21. Born Heckingham, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Norton Subcourse (St. Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk. Against West boundary (North part).
SIMPSON Frederick
Private 15133, 10th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died at home on 28th March 1915. Born Aldeby. Enlisted Norwich. Buried Felixstowe (Walton) Cemetery, Suffolk.
SLATER Fred Hubert
Private 200959. 1st/4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine on 19th April 1917. Born Honing, Norfolk. Enlisted Norwich. Buried: Gaza War Cemetery, Israel. Ref. XXIII. D. 7.
SLATER Richard William
Private 4574. (CD gives 4579). 4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Died at home on 24th October 1919. Aged 26. (CD gives 24th October 1915). Born Honing. Enlisted Norwich. Son of Richard and Thirza E. Slater, of College Farm Cottages, Aldeby, Beccles, Suffolk. Buried: Birmingham (Lodge Hill) Cemetery, Warwickshire. Ref. B10. 3. 279A.
SNOWLING Walter Robert
Company Serjeant Major 8525. 2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 13th November 1916. Aged 22. Born Toft Monks, Norfolk. Enlisted Beccles. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Snowling, of Waterheath Rd., Aldeby, Beccles. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
SOANES Arthur

Deck Hand 11241DA. H.M. Smack Ethel and Millie, Royal Naval Reserve. Died on 16th August 1917. Aged 38. Son of George and Sarah Soanes, of Aldeby, Suffolk; husband of Florence Soanes, of 97, Carlton Rd., South Lowestoft. Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Column 26.

Read the tragic story of The Ethel and Millie, a Q Ship working with The Nelson.

SOANES Joseph
1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment. No further information available at present.
THROWER William
Probably: Private 10242. 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment (Memorial gives 3rd Battalion). Killed in action in France & Flanders on 22nd March 1918. Born Beccles. Enlisted Norwich. Commemorated: Chauny Communal Cemetery British Extension, Aisne, France. Sp. Mem. 3. H. 13.
WRIGHT Benjamin
Lance Corporal 18623. 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 4th March 1917. Born Aldeby. Enlisted Norwich. Not found on CWGC.
WRIGHT Fred Stephen
Lance Corporal 37461. 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment. Formerly 18625 Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 14th November 1916. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 D.
Sons of this place, let this of you be said
That you who live are worthy of your dead.
They gave their lives, that you who live may reap
A richer harvest ere you fall asleep.
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
IN LOVING AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF ALDEBY
KILLED IN ACTION 1939 1945
BURROUGHS Sidney Charles
Second Hand LT/JX 177061. H.M. Trawler Ullswater, Royal Naval Patrol Service. Died on 19th November 1942. Aged 28. Son of Bertie Alfred and Harriet Anna Burroughs, of Aldeby, Norfolk; husband of Ivy Blanche Burroughs, of Aldeby, Norfolk. Commemorated: Lowestoft Naval Memorial, Suffolk. Panel 8, Column 2.
FARROW Edward Anthony Jack

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 3005547. 158 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 4th March 1945. Aged 19. Son of Cecil Edward and Dora Annie Farrow, of Aldeby. Buried: Aldeby (St. Mary) Churchyard. Ref. Sec. N. Grave 2.

Special note: Halifax III (Bomber) PN437 NP-X, took off from RAF Lissett, Yorkshire at 1830 hrs on 3rd March 1945. Their task was to bomb the synthetic-oil refinery at Kamen. The plane crashed at Sledmere Grange, Yorkshire, killing all seven crew.

GUNTER Edward Maurice

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 83988. 501 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 27th September 1940. Aged 20. Son of William Hector and Margery Gunter, of Aldeby. Buried: Aldeby (St. Mary) Churchyard. Old Portion.

Special note: Hurricane I (Fighter) V6645, was flying on patrol from RAF Kenley on 27th September 1940. His Hurricane was involved in combat and P/O Gunter baled out over Sittingbourne, Kent. Unfortunately, his parachute failed to open.

REYNOLDS Jack Albert George

Sergeant 1333394. 44 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 3rd September 1943. Aged 20. Son of Herbert William and Rosalie Mildred Reynolds, of Aldeby, Norfolk. Commemorated: Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 163.

Special note: Lancaster I (Bomber) W4961 KM-S took off from RAF Dunholme Lodge, Lincolnshire at 1950 hrs on 3rd March 1943. Their task was to bomb Berlin. The plane crashed near Wunstorf.

SOANES James William

Able Seaman P/JX 217643. H.M. Submarine Tigris, Royal Navy. Died on 10th March 1943. Aged 29. Son of James Thomas Soanes and Emma Jane Soanes. Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Panel 75, Column 3.

Special note: HM Submarine Tigris set out from Malta on 18th February for a patrol off Naples. She failed to return to Algiers on the 10th March. She was possibly mined off the Gulf of Tunis.

TYE Ernest James
Private 14675800. 2nd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment. Died on 11th April 1945. Aged 21. Son of James and Esther Tye, of Toft Monks, Norfolk. Buried: Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany. Ref. 2. A. 14.

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.

12 February 2005

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