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BAWDSEY RECREATION GROUND WAR MEMORIAL

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

The War Memorials take the form of a stone obelisk on a two stepped base, situated at the entrance of Bawdsey recreation ground. There are 14 names for World War 1 and 2 for World War 2. The memorial was intially unveiled on 4th December 1920. The site was given by Sir Cuthbert Quilter who also sponsored the memorial, the stonemasons were Messrs. W Wright & Sons. REported in the East Anglian Daily Times 7th December 1920. Within the parish church are two other memorial boards, one for World War 1 (12 names) and one for World War 2 (2 names).

TO THE
GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF BAWDSEY
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

BAKER

Malcolm Robert

Lance Corporal 26636, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 22/07/1916. Age 25. Born Woolpit, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds, resident Bawdsey. Son of Joseph and Rosetta Baker, Heath, Woolpit, Bury St. Edmund's; husband of Nellie Baker, Woolpit, Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, Panel 02C.

BRIDGES

Charles William

Corporal 8683, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 21/10/1918. Age 24. Born Ropsley, Lincolnshire, enlisted Ipswich. Son of Charles and Frances Bridges of 30 Church Terrace, Bawdsey. Buried at Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 6

BRIDGES

John Henry

Private 1951, 4th/1st East Anglian Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 06/04/1916. Age 21. Son of Charles and Frances Bridges of 30 Church Terrace, Bawdsey. Buried at Tring Cemetery, Hertfordshire, Grave Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 15. Private Bridges death was recorded at Berkhampstead

BRUCE

William George

Pioneer 214686, “K” Special Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 27/05/1918. Age 33. Born Nowton, Suffolk, enlisted Ipswich, resident Bawdsey. Only son of the late George and Susan Bruce of Nowton, Suffolk. husband of Mary Annie Bruce of 18 Alma Terrace, Bawdsey – Buried at Pernes British Cemetery. Plot II. Row D. Grave 3. The Royal Engineers Special Companies were used to deploy weapons of war such as gas. “K” Company were a “Cylinder Company” deploying gas on the front line)

BURROWS

George William

Corporal 320781, 15th (Suffolk Yeomanry) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 10/12/1917. Born Framlingham, Suffolk, enlisted Ipswich. Buried at the Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel, Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 36.

CADY

William James

Private 235346, 1st/5th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 23/03/1918. Age 32. Formerly 3169, Suffolk Regiment. Enlisted Ipswich. Son of William Cady, 41, Bawdsey, Woodbridge, Suffolk. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, Panels 16 to 18.

CLOUTING

Jonathan Rowland

Private TR/G/44659, 53rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at home 11/01/1918. Age 18. Born and resident Bawdsey, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds. Son of Eliza Ann and the late W E Clouting of Bawdsey. Buried at Bawdsey (St Mary) Churchyard. Private Clouting’s death is recorded at Southwell

DUNN

William Henry

Gunner 51705, 129th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 05/12/1918. Buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Section S. Plot III.Row BB. Grave 13.

FORD, MM

Ernest Edward

Rifleman C/12778, 18th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 31/07/1917. Age 31. Awarded the Military Medal. Born Bawdsey, enlisted Goole. Son of Mrs. Eliza Ford, 35, East Lane, Bawdsey-on-Sea, Woodbridge, Suffolk. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, Panels 51/53

JORDAN, MM & Bar

Guy

Private 30365, 9th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment – Died 10/04/1918. Age 22. Awarded the Military Medal and Bar. Formerly 15136, Suffolk Regiment. Born Overton, Hampshire, enlisted Ipswich, resident Bawdsey. Son of Mr. H. and Mrs. Annie Jordan, 22, Bawdsey, Woodbridge, Suffolk. Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Panel 7.

LENNARD

Charles Henry

Lance Corporal 200790, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 29/11/1919. Age 30. Son of Edward Charles Lennard and Alice Jane Lennard of Bawdsey. husband of May Frances Lennard of Fern Terrace, Bawdsey. Born at Bawdsey. Buried at Bawdsey (St Mary) Churchyard. Lance Corporal Lennard’s death is recorded at Woodbridge

QUILTER

John Arnold Cuthbert

Lieutenant Colonel, Grenadier Guards – Commanding Hood Battalion, Royal Navy Division. Died 06/05/1915. Age 40. Son of Sir Cuthbert Quilter, Bart. and Lady Quilter of Bawdsey Manor, Woodbridge. Buried at Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey. Plot II. Row B. Grave 4. Lieutenant Colonel Quilter is also commemorated on the War Memorials at Ramsholt, Shottisham and Sutton. Lieutenant Colonel Quilter was a veteran of the Boer War. Joined the Grenadier Guards in 1897 and served with distinction in the South African War. Mentioned for conspicuous bravery at the ‘Battle of Biddulphsberg’. Gazetted Lieutenant-Colonel to the ‘Hood Battalion’, 63rd (Royal Naval) Division in September 1914. He commanded this battalion at Antwerp (04-10-1914) and later at Gallipoli in May 1915. Second son of Sir Cuthbert Quilter, Bart., and Lady Quilter, Bawdsey Manor, Bawdsey, Woodbridge, Suffolk. (NB: The Gallipoli landings took place on 25 April 1915. Sub-Lieutenant Johnny Dodge and his platoon from the ‘Hood’ Battalion were detached and were put aboard the ship River Clyde and they were one of the first units to land at 'V' Beach. It was on this beach that Sub-Lieutenant Dodge was badly wounded. On the 28 April 1915 the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division was temporarily broken up and ‘Hood’ Battalion landed the following day at "V" Beach at the end of the Helles Peninsular. The scene as they landed was a terrible one. There were heaps of bodies with an estimated 20/30 bodies in each heap. The next day the battalion went forward to take its place in the line. A hill called Achi Baba, about 700 feet in height, dominated the entire area, enabling the Turkish Army dug-in on its slopes to view the whole of the British activity below. ‘Hood’ battalion was to take part in an attempt to drive the Turks from these heights. Thus on 6 May, 1915, ‘Hood’ battalion moved off up the Achi Baba Nullah in sight of Achi Baba Hill some 2 miles away. Soon they came under heavy enemy fire taking heavy casualties as they went forward attacking in "rushes". Lieutenant-Commander Freyberg had reached a shack called White House, an advance of about 1,000 yards, and here the depleted battalion was instructed to halt. At one stage Shaw Stewart, Denis Browne and 8 other ranks found themselves in the Brigade’s foremost position just ahead of the White House. The very popular C.O. Lieutenant-Colonel Quilter had been shot in the chest quite early in the battalion’s advance and died soon afterwards. He is now buried in Skew Bridge Cemetery. In the attack ‘Hood’ Battalion sustained casualties totalling 10 Officers and 343 men.). He is also commemorated on the War Memorials at Ramsholt, Shottisham and Sutton.

SHELCOTT

Reginald George

Private 3088, 3rd/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 09/03/1916. Son of Mrs Eliza Shelcott of Manor Cottage, Bawdsey. Buried at Bawdsey (St Mary) Churchyard. Private Shelcott’s death was recorded at Woodbridge

SWITZER

William

Private 74078, 11th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 01/06/1918. Age 43. Formerly 15901, Royal Army Veterinary Corps. Born Homor Green, Bucks, enlisted Woolwich, London. Son of John Switzer. Commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, France/.

Buried in the churchyard but not on memorial

BAILEY

William Alfred

Signalman T6/171, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M. trawler ‘Ameer’. Killed 18-03-16. Buried in Bawdsey (St. Mary) Churchyard, Suffolk.

WEBBER

Stuart

Private 2027, 1/7th Bn. Devonshire Regiment. Died 04-09-16. Buried at Bawdsey (St. Mary) Churchyard, Suffolk.

THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945 IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF TWO BAWDSEY MEN WHO GLORIFIED GOD IN HIS PROVIDENTIAL DESIGNS FOR THE OVERTHROW OF EVIL BY PLAYING THEIR PART AND GIVING THEIR LIVES

FORD

Herbert Ernest

Lance Corporal 2002890, 621 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 08/11/1944. Age 25. Son of Isaac Arthur and Sarah Emily Ford of Bawdsey. Buried at Tilburg (Gilzerbaan) General Cemetery

SHELCOTT

Harry Reginald

Sergeant 7887227, 1st Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Killed in action 22/08/1944. Age 25. Son of Herbert and Harriet May Shelcott of Bawdsey. Buried at St Desir War Cemetery

Last updated 24 June, 2008

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