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BLAXHALL WAR MEMORIAL

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

The memorial is to be found within St Peter’s Church, Blaxhall and takens the form of a bronze plaque with additional section added at the base for the World War 2 names. The whole is mounted onto a grey marble backboard. Bas relief image at the top depicts Christ leaning over a fallen soldier, rifle by his left side and field gun on the right side. There are 14 names for World War 1 and 4 for World War 2. Ellen Mary Rope was the sculptor. The Second World War plaue was unveiled 22nd January 1947.

EVEN SHALL THY RIGHT HAND LEAD ME
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND
IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL
MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM THIS
PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918
FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE

CHOLMELEY

Hugh Ralph

Second Lieutenant, 45th Battery, 42 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 14/06/1915. Age 24. Son of Robert Francis and Blanche Emily Roberta Cholmeley of 7 Gray's Inn Square, London WC1. Buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord)

FARROW

Thomas

Private 5198, 12th (Prince of Wales’ Royal) Lancers. Died 06/09/1914. Age 34. Born in Blaxhall. Commemorated on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial

HAMMOND

Arthur

Corporal 13515, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 24/08/1915. Age 19. Son of Mr and Mrs G Hammond of Old Farm, Blaxhall. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

HAMMOND

William James

Private 13314, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 22/11/1915. Age 21. Son of Mr and Mrs G Hammond of Old Farm, Blaxhall. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

KENT

Thomas Lawson

Corporal 3295, Suffolk Yeomanry. Died 30/11/1915. Age 29. Son of Thomas and Laura Kent of Horham, Suffolk. husband of Lily Kent of 73 Trinity Road, Bowes Park, Wood Green, London. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial

LING

Isaac

Private TE/241130, 1st/5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 16/08/1917. Age 21. Son of Mr and Mrs James Ling of School Hill, Blaxhall. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

PLANT

Arthur James

Able Seaman J/14807, Royal Navy. HMS Marshal Soult. Died 08/03/1916. Age 21. Son of Arthur and Mary Ann Plant of Ship Corner, Blaxhall. Buried at Blaxhall (St Peter) Churchyard. Able Seaman Plant’s death is recorded at Alverstoke, Hampshire. HMS Marshall Soult was a Monitor built in 1915. She was attached to the Dover Squadron and used for long range naval bombardment

PRYKE

George

Believed to be Private 240807, 1st/5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 05/12/1917. Age 25. Son of the late William and Louisa Pryke. Buried at the Port Said War Memorial Cemetery

RICHARDSON

Benjamin

Private 4581, 54th Battalion, Australian Infantry Died between 19-20/07/1916. Born Blaxhall. emigrated to Australia 1913. Commemorated at the VC Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles

RICHARDSON

George

Private 20394, 10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment). Died 22/04/1915. Age 44. Son of the late George and Mary Jane Richardson. husband of the late Eva Sophia Richardson. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

SCARCE

Ernest William

Private G/18157, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 08/10/1916. Born Blaxhall. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

SCARCE

Horace

Gunner 76400, “D” Battery, 2nd Siege Artillery Reserve Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 17/11/1918. Age 27. Son of Lewis and Mary Ann Scarce of Stone Common, Blaxhall. Buried at Hipswell (St John) Cemetery, Yorkshire. Gunner Scarce’s death is recorded at Catterick Military Hospital, Yorkshire

WARNE

Arthur

Private 20183, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 12/12/1917. Age 21. Son of Mrs O R Warne of "The Rookery", Monewden. Buried at Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Mory

WOOLNOUGH

Charles

Private 14189, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28/03/1918. Age 22. Resident of Blaxhall. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS

AND OF THOSE WHO LAID DOWN THIER LIVES IN THE WAR 1939-45

LING

Ambrose

Able Seaman C/JX133842, Royal Navy. HMS Sheffield. Died 27/05/1941. Age 28. Son of Ambrose and Isabella Bertha Ling. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. On 24th May 1941, the Southampton Class cruiser, HMS Sheffield sailed from Gibraltar as part of Force ‘H’ to take part in the destruction of the Bismark. HMS Sheffield sighted the Bismark and came under heavy fire, but maintained contact allowing aircraft from HMS Ark Royal to find and damage Bismark before Royal Navy Destroyers delivered the final blow

LING

Reuben

Stoker 1st Class P/KX 103727, Royal Navy. HMS Dunedin. Died 24/11/1941. Age 23. Connection to Blaxhall unknown. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. HMS Dunedin was a light cruiser. In November 1941, she was operating in the Atlantic trying to find and destroy an armed merchant raider (Atlantis) and a U-Boat supply ship (Python). HMS Devonshire found Atlantis in the South Atlantic and sank her. survivors were found in their lifeboats by U-126, which commenced towing them towards South America. Python came to assist, which changed the rendezvous for another U-boat, U-124. While heading for that rendezvous, U-124 sighted HMS Dunedin and fired three torpedoes. two of which hit, causing HMS Dunedin to sink rapidly. An estimated 250 of the total complement of 500 survived the attack, but when they were rescued three days later, only 72 remained alive. of which a further 5 died within days. Stoker Ling was a Bernado’s boy from London, who, when he was in his teens, was placed with a family on a farm at Whychurch, near Malmsbury, Wiltshire. He had an elder brother who lived ‘near London’ who is presumably Ambrose LING

PLANT

Clifford Ronald

Corporal 14216536, 7th Battalion, Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps. Died 07/04/1945. Age 20. Son of Agnes Mary Plant of Woodbridge. Buried at Becklingen War Cemetery. Corporal Plant is also commemorated on the Campsea Ashe War Memorial

SMITH

Norman Arthur

Private 5828127, Army Catering Corps. Died 03/09/1943. Age 31. Son of Arthur Ernest and Eliza Jane Smith of Blaxhall. Buried at the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar

Last updated 27 September, 2006

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