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ASHBY WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and Copyright © Christine Yaxley 2018

There are two war memorials in Ashby, one inside and one outside the Church of St. Mary. The World War 1 memorial within the church is a marble plaque fixed to the wall of the nave listing three names. To the left of the gate as you enter the churchyard is the memorial stone to the 7 USAAF airmen who were filled nearby in the World War 2. The first five names belonged to the 100th Bomb Group, stationed at Thorpe Abbotts, nicknamed the "Bloody Hundreds", the last two men were from the American 5th Emergency Squadron based at Halesworth.
Photographs Copyright © Helen Steed 2010

“TO
THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN
GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF ASHBY
WHO FELL IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914-1918”.

BOYCE Jack Arthur
Able Seaman R/894, Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died of wounds in 149th (R.N.) Field Ambulance 8 October 1918. Born 4 December 1898 in Blundeston. Son of Jack Boyce, of Ashby Dell, near Lowestoft. Farm Labourer before enlisting. In Army Reserve 4 December 1916 ; entered 9 March 1917 ; joined draft for Howe Battalion, British Expeditionary Force 31 December 1917, admitted to hospital 11 January 1918 with sprained left ankle, joined Hood Battalion from Base Depot Calais 13 March 1918 until 10 May 18, contracted Rose Measles, rejoined Hood Battalion 6 June 1918 until his death. Hright 5 feet 5 inches, chest 34 inches, fresh complexion, light brown hair, grey eyes, religious denomination Church of England. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Blundeston, son ofr John and Emma Boyce, resident The Hole, Ashby, Suffolk. Suffolk, Buried in NOYELLES-SUR-L'ESCAUT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 3.
PEARMAN Arthur William
Private 2991, 2nd/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died of wounds 29 July 1916. Enlisted Rugby, Warwicks. In the 1911 census he was agede 18, born Ashby, Suffolk, an Accountant Clerk, son of Eliza Pearman, resident The Doles, Ashby, Suffolk; brother of Henry John (below). Buried in KEIGHLEY (MORTON) CEMETERY, Yorkshire. Special Memorial.
PEARMAN [Henry] John
[Listed as 6th Battalion on memorial] Private 43084, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 12 October 1916. Enlisted Lowestoft. In the 1911 census he was aged 13,born Ashby Suffolk, at School, son of Eliza Pearman, resident The Doles, Ashby, Suffol; brother of Arthur William (above)k. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
“THEIR NAME LIVERTH FOR EVERMORE”

NEAR THIS PLACE ON MAY 7TH 1944

The first five names listed here were from the 100th Bomb Group stationed at Thorpe Abbotts, nicknamed the "Bloody Hundreds". A number of Flying Fortresses set off on the early morning of 7th May1944, for a raid on Berlin. One of these caught fire before it reached the east coast. Several dozen signal flares in cartridges stored in the top turret compartment started to explode and set on fire the entire front of the plane. Though the top turret gunner tried to put out the flames, the cabin was filled with smoke. Moving to the forward hatch to make his escape he found it blocked by the body of a man whose parachute was outside the plane. Five of the crew escaped through the gun turret while the pilot kept the plane steady, but the remaining five, including the pilot and co-pilot, died in the crash and explosion nearby.

WRIGHT Ralph W
Second Lieutenant O-753834, U.S. Army Air Forces, 349th Bomber Squadron, 100th Bomber Group, Heavy, Army Air Force. Killed 7 May 1941, near Ashby. Entered Service from Oklahoma. Buried in Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge. Plot G Row 4 Grave 159.
RAPPER Jack W
Lt., U.S. Army Air Forces, 349th Bomber Squadron, 100th Bomber Group, Heavy, Army Air Force. Killed 7 May 1941, near Ashby.
CURRAN Richard
Lt., U.S. Army Air Forces, 349th Bomber Squadron, 100th Bomber Group, Heavy, Army Air Force. Killed 7 May 1941, near Ashby.
HERRMAN Carl A
Lt., U.S. Army Air Forces, 349th Bomber Squadron, 100th Bomber Group, Heavy, Army Air Force. Killed 7 May 1941, near Ashby.
MOORE Randolph C
Staff Sergeant 34211048, U.S. Army Air Forces, 349th Bomber Squadron, 100th Bomber Group, Heavy, Army Air Force. Killed 7 May 1944, near Ashby. Entered Service from North Carolina. Buried in Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge. Plot F Row 1 Grave 38.

ALSO ON APRIL 8TH 1945

The last two men were from the American 5th Emergency Squadron based at Halesworth involved in a crash 8 April 1945 when they were in collision in two USAAF P47 Thunderbolts over Fritton Lake, whilst either returning from an air-sea rescue mission or just practising aerial maneouvres. One went into the Lake and parts were recovered later from the Lake in 1971 and were exhibited at Fritton Hall, the other crashed in the field opposite White Lodge, fragments being scattered over a wide area.

JUDD Russel P
Second Lieutenant O-552830, 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron, U.S. Army Air Force. Killed 8 April 1945, near Ashby. Entered Service from Ohio. Buried in Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge. Plot E Row 4 Grave 69.
DAVIS Louis S
Flight Officer T-063496, 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron, U.S. Army Air Force. Killed 8 April 1945, near Ashby. Entered Service from Georgia. Buried in Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge. Plot E Row 6 Grave 12.

ALL OF THE U.S.A. 8TH ARMY AIR FORCE
GAVE THEIR LIVES IN DEFENCE
OF THIS COUNTRY."
“GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE
FOR HIS FRIENDS”.

Last updated 16 April, 2018

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