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ALDEBURGH WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Stuart Green 2006

The War Memorial is situated on Aldeburgh seafront and takes the form of a Latin cross on a five stepped octagonal base. The Royal and Borough Arms are to be found on on the main text panel. There are 84 names for World War 1 and 26 for World War 2, with an additional 7 Second World War Civilians. The memorial was originally unveiled on 2nd January 1921 by Chief Officer Day. The architect was Mr W Crum-Watson and the builders were Messrs. W Farmer & Brindley. Details of the unveiling were published in the East Anglian Daily Times 4th Janauary 1921. The names are listed within the service that they were serving in.

THEY
WHOM THIS
MONUMENT COMMEMORTATES
WERE HONOURED AMONG THOSE
WHO AT THE CALL OF
KING AND COUNTRY
LEFT ALL THAT WAS
DEAR TO THEM
ENDURED HARDSHIP
FACED DANGER AND FINALLY
PASSED OUT OF SIGHT
OF MEN BY THE PATH OF DUTY
AND SELF SACRIFCE
GIVING UP THEIR OWN LIVES
THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIN IN
FREEDOM

LET THEM WHO COME AFTER SEE TO IT
THAT THEIR NAMES BE NOT FORGOTTEN

1914-1918

ALLERTON

Alfred Colby

Private 17834, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 16/09/1916. Age 21. Born in, and resident of, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

ALLERTON

Frank Richard

Lance Corporal 42916, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 08/08/1918. Age 19. Born in Aldeburgh. Buried at Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette

ASHFORD

Angus Harold

Private 35071, “G” Company, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 24/07/1917. Age 35. Son of Alfred and Eliza Ashford of Aldeburgh. husband of Florence Phillip Ashford of 251 High Street, Aldeburgh. Buried at Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe

BACKHOUSE

Alfred Stanley

Private G/63470, 8th Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 11/10/1918. Age 19. Son of Jonas John and E E Backhouse of 51 The Street, Hazlewood, Saxmundham. Buried at Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Beugny

BACKHOUSE

Ernest William

Boy 2nd Class J/92430, Royal Navy. HMS Powerful. Died 27/09/1918. Age 17. Son of Mr J J and Mrs E E Backhouse of 51 The Street, Hazlewood, Saxmundham. Buried at Aldeburgh (SS Peter and Paul) Churchyard (Boy Backhouse’s death was recorded at East Stonehouse, Devon). HMS Powerful and her sister ship HMS Terrible were the largest cruisers ever built for the Royal Navy. During the Great War she was moored in Devonport and used as a Boy’s Training Ship.

BALLS

Benjamin

Stoker 1st Class K/17528, Royal Navy. HMS Aster. Died 04/07/1917. Commemorated on the Chatham Memorial. On 4th July 1917, the sloop HMS Aster was on patrol in the Mediterranean when she was hit by a mine and subsequently sunk.

BLOCK

George Albert James

Bombardier 83013, “A” Battery, 74th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 28/08/1917. Age 21. Son of Emily Mary Block of Ransome House, Aldeburgh and the late Ernest James Block. Buried at Bleuet Farm Cemetery

BLOCK

George Ernest

Able Seaman J/11467, Royal Navy, HMS Bulwark . Died 26/11/1914. Buried at Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery. On 26th November 1914, the Battleship HMS Bulwark was loading ammunition at the Medway port of Sheerness, when she was destroyed by a huge internal explosion. Of her 750 crew, only 12 survived.

BOTTERILL

John

Private G/52718, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers . Died 15/06/1917. Age 41. Husband of Emily Botterill of 23 Crag Path, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

BOWYER

John William

Captain, 13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died 10/04/1917. Age 21. Son of William Percy and Charlotte Stanhope Bowyer of Fraysbrook, West Drayton, Middlesex. Buried at Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux

BRIDGES

Albert

Gunner 751174, 250th Brigade, Royal Filed Artillery. Died 18/01/1917. Age 20. Son of Alfred and Marie Susan Bridges of 58 Low Beechburn, Crook, County Durham. Buried at St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen

BRUCE

Charles William

Captain, Gordon Highlanders and Royal Flying Corps. Died 22/11/1917. Age 22. Buried at Southend-on-Sea (Sutton Road) Cemetery (Captain Bruce’s death is recorded at Rochford, Essex)

BURWOOD

Russell

Sapper 180304, General Base Depot, Royal Engineers. Died 26/08/1918. Age 38. Husband of Mrs Burwood of Dawn Villa, Aldeburgh. Buried at Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt

BUTCHER

Frederick William

Believed to be Rifleman 44604, 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Died 09/08/1917. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

CABLE

Frank

Lance Corporal 4372, 19th Battalion, Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force. Died 28/02/1917. Buried at Warlencourt British Cemetery

CABLE

Robert Carl

Private 1st/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment . Died 02/08/1917. Age 30. Son of Mr and Mrs R Cable of Aldeburgh. husband of Sarah Cable of 115 High Street, Aldeburgh. Buried at Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe

CABLE

Sidney Claude

Gunner 8269, “D” Battery, 50th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 28/09/1915 . Age 23. Son of Mr and Mrs R Cable of Aldeburgh. Buried at Cambrin Churchyard Extension

CABLE

William Henry

Private M2/055363, 356th Mechanical Transport Company, Army Service Corps. Died 12/11/1915. Age 27. Son of Mr and Mrs R Cable of Aldeburgh. Buried at Calais Southern Cemetery

CADY

Harry Edward

Private G/3953, 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 22/08/1916. Age 26. Son of Harry Edward and Rosa Cady of 30 Leiston Road, Aldeburgh. Buried at Delville Wood, Longueval

CADY

James

Deck Hand 3702DA, Royal Naval Reserve. HM Drifter Spotless Prince. Died 26/10/1916. Husband of H L Cady of 8 Town Steps, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. On 26th October 1916, the Royal Navy requisitioned Drifter “Spotless Prince” was with a number of other boats (“Ajax II”, “Datum” “Gleaner of the Seas”, “Launch Out” and “Roburn”) in the Dover Straits, when they were attacked by German Torpedo Boat Destroyers. All the vessels were sunk.

CLARKE

Alfred

Private M2/130717, 17th Motor Ambulance Convoy, Army Service Corps. Died 07/01/1916. Age 21. Son of Harry and Anna Maria Clarke of Folly Cottages, Aldringham. Resident of Aldeburgh. Buried at Salonika (Lembet Road) Cemetery

COMYNS-LEWER

Alexander David

Private 2570, 1st/14th Battalion, London Regiment (London Scottish). Died 01/11/1914. Age 26. Son of Ethel Harriet Comyns-Lewer of 2 Oakwood Avenue, Beckenham, Kent and the late Alexander Comyns. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Served as Private Lewers

COOPER

Frank William

Private 34133, 15th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 26/10/1917. Born in, and resident of, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

COWELL

George Edmund Maurice

Major, Royal Field Artillery. Died 30/12/1917. Buried at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt. Major Cowell is also commemorated on the Snape and Tunstall war memorials

CRACKNELL

Bertie

Private 5061, 2nd Battalion, Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Forces. Died 17/08/1916. Age 25. Son of Fred and Mary Ann Cracknell of Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial

CREASEY

Horace G

Sergeant 5266, 2nd Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company. Died 29/10/1917. Age 36. Husband of Violet Kate Creasy of 22 Pembury Road, Tottenham, London. Born Aldeburgh. Buried at Voormezeele Enclosures No 1 and No 2

CRESSWELL

John Lancashire

Lance Corporal 6546, 2nd Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company. Died 03/04/1917. Age 24. Son of Frank S and Emily Creswell of 17 Darlaston Road, Wimbledon, London. born Aldeburgh. Buried at Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamp

CRESSWELL

T S

Lieutenant, Royal Marine Light Infantry. attached Royal Flying Corps Further research required

CRISP

Edward John

Private17838, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment . Died 09/04/1917. Age 22. Son of Edward and Harriett Crisp of 11 Brudenell Street, Aldeburgh. Buried at Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St Laurent-Blangy

CRUM

Stewart Alexander

Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Died 01/07/1916. Age 19 Son of the late J L Crum. Buried at Serre Road Cemetery No 2

EASEY

Herbert James

Private 202797, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment . Died 27/09/1917. Born at Leiston. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

FISHER

Herbert Frederick

Second Hand 1059SA, Royal Naval Reserve. HM Drifter Spotless Prince. Died 26/10/1916. Age 39. Husband of Emma Louisa Fisher of 3 Archcliffe Road, Dover. Native of Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. On 26th October 1916, the Royal Navy requisitioned Drifter “Spotless Prince” was with a number of other boats (“Ajax II”, “Datum” “Gleaner of the Seas”, “Launch Out” and “Roburn”) in the Dover Straits, when they were attacked by German Torpedo Boat Destroyers. All the vessels were sunk.

FOULGER

Thomas H

Deck Hand 3771/DA, Royal Naval Reserve. HMS Vivid. Died 16/09/1918. Age 36. Husband of Evelyn Lily Foulger of 38 High Street, Aldeburgh. Buried at Aldeburgh (SS Peter and Paul) Churchyard. Deck Hand Foulger’s death is recorded at Yarmouth. HMS Vivid were the RN Barracks at Devonport. now called HMS Drake

GARRETT

Henry Fawcett

Captain, 6th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment . Died 22/08/1915. Age 30. Son of Samuel and Clara Garrett of Gower House, Aldeburgh. Believed to be buried at Green Hill Cemetery, Turkey. commemorated by a special memorial

GIBSON

William John

Gunner 276643, 99th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 30/06/1918. Age 37. Son of Jane and the late John Gibson of 12 Station Road, Aldeburgh. husband of Caroline Edith Gibson of 6 Sunnyside Road, Edmonton, London. Buried at Aire Communal Cemetery

GODFREY

W J

Private, Suffolk Regiment Further research required

GOODING

Samuel Maurice

Private 16457, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment . Died 02/08/1915. Son of Mr W Gooding of 265 High Street, Aldeburgh. Born at Snape. Buried at Woods Cemetery

HAKEN

Richard

Private 43285, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment . Died 12/10/1916. Age 19. Son of John and Matilda Haken of 3 Alde Lane, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

HOUGHTON

Philip Squarey

Captain, 1st/9th Battalion, London Regiment (Queen Victoria Rifles). Died 01/07/1916. Age 23. Son of Philip A Houghton of Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

JAY

Christine

Nurse. Queen Alexandra Imperial Nursing Service Further research required

JEANS

George

Corporal 205570, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment . Died 02/09/1918. Age 28. Son of John and Sarah Jeans of Walford, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. Buried at Dury Crucifix Cemetery. Corporal Jeans originally served with the Suffolk Yeomanary

JEARY

Ernest Harry

Private 26482, 12th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment . Died 09/10/1917. Age 34. Son of the late T and E Jeary of Reepham, Norfolk. husband of Daisy Emma Jeary of 20 Howard Road, Wokingham, Berkshire. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

JONES

Maurice Freshfield

Private 23799, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment . Died 03/07/1916. Age 20. Son of Henry Freshfield Jones and Margaret Isabel Jones of Barclays Bank Ltd., Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

KEMP

Walter Charles

Sergeant 46007, 120th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 07/09/1918. Age 28 Son of Henry and Emma Kemp of Aldeburgh. husband of Mary Teresa Kemp of Rambler Cottages, Great Barton, Bury St Edmund's. Buried at Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le-Grand

KERSEY

Robert

Deck Hand 10266DA, Royal Naval Reserve. HMPMS Ascot. Died 10/11/1918. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. HM Paddle Mine Sweeper Ascot was torpedoed and sunk near the Farne Islands on 10th November 1917. she was the last British warship to be lost before the Armistice

KING

James

Private 21172, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment . Died 13/01/1916. Son of Alfred King of 53 Hazelwood, Friston. Buried at the Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy. Private King is also commemorated on the Snape War Memorial

KNIGHTS

Bertie William

Boy 1st Class J/32333, Royal Navy. HMS Russell . Died 27/04/1916. Age 17. Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Knights of 9 Leiston Road, Aldeburgh. Native of Hazelwood. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. On the evening of 26th April 1916, the battleship HMS Russell arrived at Malta. She was refused entry to the harbour due to the lateness of the hour and she was forced to circle off-shore. On the morning of the 27th, she hit two mines, recently been laid by U-73. she capsized and sank within 30 minutes, with the loss of 124 of her 824 crew. A few months earlier, HMS Russell had been the last ship to leave the Dardanelles

LAWS

Alfred

Deck Hand 3863DA, Royal Naval Reserve. HM Drifter Golden News. Died 03/01/1916. Husband of Emma Laws of 202 High Street, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Further research required on HM Drifter Golden News

LESLEY

Henry Norman

Lieutenant, Royal Navy. HM Submarine G9 . Died 16/09/1917. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. On 9th September 1917, HM Submarine G9 was on patrol in the North Sea searching for a German submarine believed to be in the area. While on the surface, G9 fired a torpedo at what was believed to be a submarine, but was in fact, a British destroyer HMS Paisley. The torpedo missed, but G9 was rammed and sunk by the destroyer.

LOVETT

William James

Bombardier 94034, 176th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 15/06/1918. Age 35. Son of James and Rosetta Lovett of Aldeburgh. husband of Mrs E Lovett of 3 Hartington Villas, Aldeburgh. Buried at Magnaboschi British Cemetery, Italy

MARJORAM

Percy James

Deck Hand 8590/DA, Royal Naval Reserve. HMS Q20. Died 10/04/1917. Age 22. Son of Mr G Marjoram of 47 King Street, Aldeburgh. Buried at Aldeburgh (SS Peter and Paul) Churchyard. Deck Hand Marjoram’s death is recorded at Alverstoke, Hampshire. HMS Q20 (also known as HMS Bayard) was a special service or Q-Ship. an “innocent” vessel that enticed German Naval interest then revealed her guns and fought. The vessel was lost in June 1917, so Deck Hand Marjoram’s death was either as a result of previous action, injury or illness

MARSHALL

George

Private 12431, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment . Died 03/07/1916. Age 25. Son of Thomas and Emma Marshall of Lynton Villa, 20 Fawcett Road, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

MAULDEN

Benjamin Balls

Private 43892, Depot, Suffolk Regiment . Died 15/03/1919. Age 29. Son of Elizabeth Maulden of 138 High Street, Aldeburgh and the late Edward Maulden. Born at Blaxhall. Buried in Aldeburgh (SS Peter and Paul) Churchyard. Private Maulden’s death is recorded at Ipswich

MOUNTAIN

Frederick John

Corporal 319576, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment . Died 20/07/1916. Age 24. Son of Frederick James and Harrie Mountairl of Park Place, Yoxford. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

OSBORNE

George Woodgate

Private 32075, 17th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers . Died 01/07/1917. Age 36. Husband of N E Osborne of 1 Merton House, High Street, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

OSBORNE

John Henry

Leading Stoker 308083, Royal Navy. HMS Hogue. Died 22/09/1914. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. HMS Hogue, an old 1st Class armoured cruiser, was part of Cruiser Force C, in the area of the North Sea known as the Broad Fourteens (HMS Eurylus, HMS Aboukir and HMS Cressy were the other three cruisers). HMS Eurylus had technical problems and returned to port. Early on September 22nd 1914 the German submarine U9 under the command of Commander Otto Weddigen sighted the Cressy, Aboukir and Hogue steaming NNE at 10 knots without zigzagging. Although the patrols were supposed to maintain 12-13 knots and zigzag the old cruisers were unable to maintain that speed and the zigzagging order was widely ignored as there had been no submarines sighted in the area during the war. HMS Aboukir was hit by a torpedo first and rolled over within half an hour of the attack. HMS Hogue was picking up survivors when she was hit by two torpedoes, sinking within 10 minutes. HMS Cressy had stopped to pick up survivors, but got underway, before she was hit by a torpedo and damaged. Shortly afterwards, a second torpedo hit her and she sank within 15 minutes. 837 men were rescued but 1459 men were killed in total

PALLANT

Arthur Aubrey

Private 13630, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 27/08/1918. Age unknown Born in Aldeburgh. Buried at Albert Communal Cemetery Extension

PARGETER

Reginald Amherst

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. attached 1st Battalion. Died 08/05/1915. Age 22. Son of Mr E T Pargeter of Reculver Hatch, Herne Bay, Kent. Native of Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

PECK

Percy Allen

Boy 1st Class, Royal Navy. HMS Russell . Died 27/04/1916. Age 17. Son of Emma Peck of 9 Alde Lane, Aldeburgh the late Amos Peck. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. On the evening of 26th April 1916, the battleship HMS Russell arrived at Malta. She was refused entry to the harbour due to the lateness of the hour and she was forced to circle off-shore. On the morning of the 27th, she hit two mines, recently been laid by U-73. she capsized and sank within 30 minutes, with the loss of 124 of her 824 crew. A few months earlier, HMS Russell had been the last ship to leave the Dardanelles

PECK

Reginald Ernest

Private 43284, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment . Died 12/10/1916. Age 29. Son of Amos and Emma Peck of 9 Alde Lane, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

POOLEY

Arthur

Stoker 1st Class K/7458, Royal Navy. HMS Endeavour. Died 17/09/1914. Resident of Aldeburgh. Buried at Lowestoft (Beccles Road) Cemetery. Stoker Pooley’s death is recorded as ‘overseas’. HMS Endeavour was a requisitioned trawler. It was eventually lost to enemy action in 1918, so Stoker Pooley’s death was due to injury by other causes or illness

RABETT

William Robert

Gunner 895376, “A” Battery, 88th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 10/04/1918. Age 25. Son of William Frank and Emma Rabett of 9 Brudenell Street, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

RAVEN

Richard L

Believed to be Lance Sergeant 7945, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died 31/07/1917. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Lance Sergeant Raven is shown as Private Raven of the Suffolk Regiment on Aldeburgh War Memorial)

READING

Vernon Jack

Second Lieutenant (Pilot) , 15 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 26/03/1918. Son of Arthur Vernon Reading of Knodeshall Lodge, Saxmundham. Commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial. 15 Squadron crossed to France in December 1915 equipped with BE2Cs for corps-reconnaissance duties. One unusual task the unit undertook was the dropping of ammunition by parachute to troops on the front line during 1918

SALMON

Claud Garrett

Captain, 3rd Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). attached 2nd Battalion. Died 09/05/1915. Age 39. Son of Charles Edward and Josephine Helen Salmon of Bury St. Edmund's. Resident of Aldeburgh. Buried at Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery

SHEMMING

Ernest Edward

Private 29735, “B” Company, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 29/04/1917. Age 30. Son of Frances Shemming of Mill House, Syleham, Norfolk. husband of Evelyn May Shemming of May Villa, Fawcett Road, Aldeburgh Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

SMITH

Isham Percy

SO. Major, 102nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 30/11/1917. Age 27. Son of the late Major General Percy Smith RE, and of Ethel Smith (now Saunders) of "Hinton, Aldeburgh. Buried at Villers Hill British Cemetery, Villers-Guislain

SMY

W

Gunner –Royal Field Artillery Further research required

STEPHENSON

Arthur Francis John

Corporal 281053, 4th Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Died 16/08/1917. Age 25. Son of Arthur and Caroline Stephenson of 1 Hertford Place, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

THORNBURY

Brian

Lieutenant, Royal Navy. HMS Lynx. Died 09/08/1915. Age 23. Son of Bruce and Helen Thornbury. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. At 0600 on 9th August 1915, the destroyer HMS Lynx was on patrol on the Moray Firth, when she struck a mine and exploded, with the loss of all but 24 of her crew.

THURSTON

William James

Deck Hand 3696DA, Royal Naval Reserve. HM Drifter Spotless Prince. Died 26/10/1916. Age 28. Son of William James and Eliza Thurston of Aldeburgh. husband of Sarah Lilian Thurston of Tyne Cottage, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. On 26th October 1916, the Royal Navy requisitioned Drifter “Spotless Prince” was with a number of other boats (“Ajax II”, “Datum” “Gleaner of the Seas”, “Launch Out” and “Roburn”) in the Dover Straits, when they were attacked by German Torpedo Boat Destroyers. All the vessels were sunk

TIBBENHAM

Henry Charles

Lance Corporal 610846, 19th Battalion, London Regiment. Died 26/07/1917. Age 33. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Tibbenham of 2 Alms Houses, Leiston. Born Aldeburgh. Buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

WADE

Charles

Private 200868, 2md Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 13/04/1918. Age 29. Son of George and Emily Wade of 2 California Villas, Fawcett Road, Aldeburgh. Buried at Niederzwehren Cemetery

WADE

Edward

Sergeant 10048, 2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Died 31/07/1917. Born in, and resident of, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

WADE

Arnold Robert

Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class M/10906, Royal Navy. HM Submarine D3. Died 15/03/1918. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. On 7th March 1918, HM Submarine D3 left Gosport for an anti-submarine patrol in the English Channel. On 12th March, the French airship AT-0, flying near Fechamp spotted a submarine on the surface and drew closer for recognition purposes. It is believed that D3 fired four identification rockets, which the French mistook for aggressive gunfire and AT-0 dropped four bombs onto the submarine, resulting in her sinking. The airship crew attempted to rescue the crew, but this proved impossible and other help was sought. By the time this arrived, all of D3’s crew had drowned

WARD

Stanley George

Lance Corporal 43009, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died between 09/04/1918 and 19/04/1918. Age 28. Son of Mrs Eliza A Ward of Bell Cottage, Aldeburgh. husband of Sarah Ward of 45 King Street, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial

WARD

Thomas Frank

Private M2/098521, Army Service Corps. attached Deputy Director Ordnance Supplies . Died 20/03/1918. Husband of Elizabeth Ward of 7 Kirton Road, Upton Park London. Buried at Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport

WELFORD

Frederick

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment. attached 6th Battalion. Died 09/10/1917. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

WELLS

Robert Hase

Private 48427, 21st (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 24/02/1917. Age 39. Son of Robert Hase Wells and Emily Wells of Benhall. husband of Eliza Wells of 269 High Street, Aldeburgh. Buried at Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras

WILSON

Edwin John

Private 8/1862, Otago Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Died 07/08/1915. Age 42. Son of Ellen Adelaide Wilson of 16 Crothes Street, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial

WINN

Arthur

Captain, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment . Died 09/09/1914. Commemorated at the Montreuil-Aux-Lions British Cemetery

WOOD

Cecil Strachan

Captain, 3rd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. attached 1st Battalion. Died 02/12/1914. Age 42. Son of the Rev Canon Joseph Wood DD MVO and Caroline Wood. husband of Gladys Wood of The Corner House, Aldeburgh. Buried at Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre

WOOD

Reuben William

Deck Hand 10410DA, Royal Naval Reserve. HM Trawler John High. Died 07/08/1916. Age 17. Son of William Wood of 61 King Street, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. During 1916 the German Navy laid mines in the Barents and White Seas to make it unsafe for ammunition, stores and fuel to be fed into Russia via Archangel and Murmansk. British mine sweepers arrived in Murmansk to assist with the clearing of these mines, but in heavy seas, one of these vessels. HM Trawler John High. hit a mine and exploded with the loss of all hands in August 1916.

WYTHE

Arthur L

Private 43286, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment . Died 28/04/1917 . Age 19. Son of Lewis Wythe and H C Wythe of 289 High Street, Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

1939-1945

ADSHEAD

Patrick James Neil

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 87069, 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 31/07/1941. Age 23. Son of Neil Russell Adshead and Edith Dora Adshead of Churt, Surrey. Connection to Aldeburgh unknown. Buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery. P.O Adshead’s death is recorded at St Ives, Cornwall. At the time of PO Adshead death, 61 Squadron were flying Hampden bombers as part of No 5 Group, Bomber Command

BAGGOTT

Hubert Roy

Sergeant 5107705, 10th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 07/05/1941. Age 27. Son of Lawrence and Alice Baggott. husband of Ethel Baggott of Prestwick. Buried at Monkton and Preswick Cemetery. Sergeant Baggott’s death is recorded at Liverpool North

BLOCK

Arthur Percival

Seaman LT/JX 183738, Royal Naval Patrol Service. HMS Europa. Died 22/07/1941. Age 36. Son of Ernest William and Ellen Maria Block of Aldeburgh. Buried at Aldebrugh (SS Peter and Paul) Churchyard. Seaman Block’s death is recorded at Lothingland. HMS Europa was the RNPS Naval Base at Lowestoft

BLOCK

Frederick Charles

Able Seaman C/J39419, Royal Navy. HMS Avenger. Died 15/11/1942. Age 42. Son of William and Anne Block. husband of Alice Maud Block of Shieldhill, Stirlingshire. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. HMS Avenger was an Escort Carrier. After taking part in the Operation Torch landings of North Africa in November 1942, she departed Gibraltar with convoy MFK 1(Y) on 14 November, heading home to the Clyde in the UK. At 0305 on 15 November, approximately 45 nautical miles South of Cap Santa Maria, Portugal, Avenger was torpedoed by the German U-Boat U-155, along with two other escorting merchant ships. Avenger was hit on the port side amidships, which in turn ignited her bomb room, blowing out the centre section of the ship. Her bow and stern sections rose in the air and sunk within 2 minutes, leaving only 12 survivors

BOULTON

Richard Arthur

Private 7368910, Royal Army Medical Corps . Died 27/07/1943. Age 25. Son of Westley John and Mary Ann Boulton, of Aldeburgh. Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

BRANCH

Albert Charles

DFM Flight Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 962835, 83 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 20/10/1943. Age 21. Son of Charles William and Ruby Florence Branch of Aldeburgh. Buried at Assen Southern General Cemetery. Notes: 1.The Cemetery at Assen, Drenthe, Netherlands, contains the graves of the crew of Flt Sgt Branch’s Lancaster Bomber. At the time of Flt Sgt Branch’s death, 83 Squadron were part of the Pathfinder Force

BUCKLEY

John Bowyer

Flight Lieutenant J/6013, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died 03/06/1943. Age 21. Son of Sidney Earl Buckley and Joan Isabel Buckley of Woodcroft, Northamptonshire. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

BURWOOD

Dick William

Corporal 2354490, 1st Armoured Division Signals, Royal Corps of Signals. Died between 31/01/1942 and 20/05/1942. Age 27. Connection to Aldeburgh unknown. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial

CABLE

Richard Sidney

Leading Stoker C/KX 84368, Royal Navy. HM Submarine Usk. Died 03/05/1941. Age 29. Son of Robert Carl and Sarah Cable of Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. On 19th April 1941 HMS Usk sailed from Malta for a patrol off the north-west coast of Sicily. Anti-submarine activity was intense and Usk was accordingly ordered to alter her position until this activity had passed. What happened to Usk during her change of position has never been established, but it is almost certain that she was mined in the vicinity of Cape Bon, Tunisia, some time after 25th April

COLLIER

Peter Stanley

Signalman C/JX 154041, Royal Navy. HMS Warspite. Died 28/05/1941. Age 19. Son of A. Stanley and Carrie Collier of Aldeburgh . Buried at Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery. In May 1941, HMS Warspite took part in the Battle of Crete. During the battle she sustained damage by a direct heavy bomb hit. Signalman Collier was one of the casualties of this attack

FRANKLIN

Lionel Cooper

Sub-Lieutenant (A), Royal Navy. HMS Sparrowhawk. Died 13/04/1940. Age 20. Son of Brevet Colonel G D Franklin (Retd.) and Mrs Franklin of Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial. HMS Sparrowhawk was the Royal Naval Air Station near Kirkwall. At the time of Sub Lt Franklin’s death, the two Fleet Air Arm squadrons. 800 and 803. were flying Blackburn Skua aircraft. Three days prior to his death, the two squadrons attacked and destroyed the German cruiser Konigsberg in a dramatic raid on Bergen harbour in Norway. The cause of Sub Lt Franklin’s death is unknown. he did not take part in the raid

GALSWORTHY

David William Arthur

Major 47569, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died 21/10/1944. Buried at Cesena War Cemetery

GRIFFITH

Llewellyn Wilfred

Assistant Steward, Naval Auxilary Personnel (Merchant Navy). HMS Duchess of Rothesay. Died 11/11/1940. Age 24. Son of Llewellyn and Sybil Mary Griffith of Aldeburgh. Buried at Aldeburgh (SS Peter and Paul) Churchyard. HMS Duchess of Rothesay was a paddle-steamer requisitioned by the Admiralty to resume her WW1 role as a minesweeper. After attending the Dunkirk evacuation, she operated in the ports of Dover, Portsmouth and Harwich

IRVINE

Antony Thornburn

Squadron Leader 36090, Royal Air Force . Died 13/04/1941. Age 27. Son of James Thornburn Irvine and Dorothy Beatrice Irvine. husband of Katharine Irvine (nee Lowick). Buried at Phaleron War Cemetery. Sqn Ldr Irvine had been educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford and is also commemorated at these two sites

JOHNSON

Alexander Percival

DSO Lieutenant Colonel 52653, Suffolk Regiment. Commanding 12th Battalion (10th Battalion, The Green Howards) Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps. Died 12/06/1944. Age 32. Son of Colonel Henry Alexander Johnson and Constance Bertha Johnson. husband of Jeanne Helene Johnson of Camberley, Surrey. Buried at Ranville War Cemetery

LANE

George Richard

Flight Lieutenant 60103, 174 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 27/04/1942. Age 22. Son of George Douglas Lane and Nellie Lane of Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. 174 Squadron was formed at Manston on 3 March 1942, taking over seventeen Hurricanes and eight pilots from No 607 which enabled operations to be started the same day. Fighter-bomber missions were flown against enemy shipping and coastal targets until December 1943, when it was withdrawn for army co-operation training in preparation for re-equipment with Typhoons

LONGSTAFF

David John

MC Captain 207508, 11th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died 16/09/1945. Age 22. Son of Victor Charles Hamilton Longstaffe and Nina Gladys Longstaffe of St. John's Wood, London. Buried at Phaleron War Cemetery

MILLER

Thomas Alfred

Sapper 1882094, 2nd Field Squadron, Royal Engineers. Died 25/10/1942. Age 24. Son of William Alfred and Agnes Miller of Aldeburgh. Buried at El Alamein War Cemetery

OSGERBY

Leonard Charles

Second Lieutenant 68677, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 24/05/1940. Age 22. Son of Charles and Elvira Osgerby. nephew of Captain R P Harvey of Aldeburgh. Buried at Cretinier Cemetery, Wattrelos. The Second World War casualties buried at this cemetery were as a result of the retreat to Dunkirk in 1940

PILBEAM

Reginald Frederick

Lance Corporal 5831363, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 24/09/1943. Age 27. Son of Reginald A Pilbeam and Edith E Pilbeam. husband of Lillian Pilbeam of Aldeburgh. Buried at Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery. Lance Corporal Pilbeam is shown on the War Memorial as L. PILBEAM

READE

Jack

Flying Officer (Navigator) 129166, 68 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14/06/1943. Age 31. Son of William Comer Reade and Nellie Marie Reade of Aldeburgh. husband of Peggy Reade of Stamford Brook, London. Buried at Aldeburgh (SS Peter and Paul) Churchyard. F/O Reade’s death is recorded at North Walsham, Norfolk. 68 Squadron reformed at Catterick on 7 January 1941 as a night-fighter Squadron equipped with Blenheims and became operational on 7 April before moving to High Ercall for the defence of the Midlands. In May 1941, 68 converted to Beaufighters and in March 1942 they moved to East Anglia where they spent two years at Coltishall

SAWYER

Frederick

Boatswain, Merchant Navy. SS Treworlas . Died 28/12/1942. Son of Caleb and Phoebe Mary Sawyer of Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial. SS Treworlas was torpedoed east of Trinidad on a voyage from Massowah, Eritrea

SONES

Walter George

Leading Aircraftman 959261, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 09/05/1945 Buried at Nassau War Cemetery, Bahamas. The cause of LAC Sones’ death in unknown

STROWGER

George Henry

Seaman LT/JX 209260, Royal Naval Patrol Service. HMS Fratton. Died 18/08/1944. Age 23. Son of Leonard and Sophia Strowger of Aldeburgh. Commemorated on the Lowestoft Naval Memorial. The Examination vessel HMS Fratton was sunk by an underwater explosion, whilst at anchor in Siene Bay Normandy on 18 August 1944. It is believed that the explosion was caused by a torpedo launched from a surface craft (E-Boat)

WARD

Frederick Alfred Charles

Able Seaman C/SSX 17762, Royal Navy. HM Submarine Trooper. Died 17/10/1943 . Age 25. Son of Samuel John Green Ward and Alice Mary Ann Ward of Aldeburgh. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial. HM Submarine Trooper sailed from Beirut on 26th September 1943 for a patrol west of the Dodecanese and later to the east of Leros. No signals were received and she failed to return on the appointed date, 17th October. Mining is strongly suspected

WISBY

Bernard John

Flying Officer (Flight Engineer), 156 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 17/12/1944. Age 22. Son of Frederick James Wisby and Florence Wisby of Aldburgh. Buried at Clichy Northern Cemetery. 156 Squadron was one of the four squadrons selected to form the nucleus of the new Pathfinder force in August 1942 and remained with the force for the rest of the European war

CIVILIANS

BAGGOTT

Louis

Age 92. 109 High Street, Aldeburgh. Died at Borough General Hospital on 16/12/1942

DODDS

William John (Jamieson)

Age 58. Son of Matthew Dodds, of Ashfield Terrace, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and of the late Annie Dodds. husband of Moya Dodds of Halewoods, Leiston Road. Died at 75 High Street on 15/12/1942

FISHER

Charles Bertie

Age 55. Husband of Agnes Fisher of 276 High Street. Died at G.P.O. High Street on 15/12/1942

HALLAS

Dora

Age 52. Daughter of Mr and Mrs J Fallows of Woodley, Stockport, Cheshire. wife of Raymond Hallas of 138 High Street. Died at G.P.O. High Street on 15/12/1942

SHAW

Norman

Age 10. Son of Harry and Lily Shaw of 270 High Street, Aldeburgh. Injured 03/08/1942 at High Street, Wellingborough. died at General Hospital on 05/08/1942

WALSH

Mary Eileen

Age 30. Daughter of James George and S. M. Walsh, of Briardale, Fawcett Road, Aldeburgh. Injured at G.P.O. High Street. died at Borough General Hospital on 15/12/1942

WHITCHER

Nancy Emily Joan

Age 16. Daughter of Harry Towers Whitcher and Nancy Ellen Whitcher of Crespigny House, Aldeburgh. Died at G.P.O. High Street on 15/12/1942

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