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BROMESWELL WAR MEMORIAL

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

The War Memorials takes the form of a marble plaque within St Edmunds Church. The last time it was unveiled was 11th July 1949. The cost of the memorial was £74 raised by public subscription. The stonemason was Mr E E Saunders. There are 7 names for World War 1 and 9 for World War 2.

IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY

1914-1918

BROOKS

George
Private 10599, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 27 February 1915. Age 20. Born Ipswich, enlisted Hull, resident Woodbridge. Son of Edward Brooks of East Lane, Ufford, resident of Bromeswell. No known grave. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21 and 31.

CRACKNELL

Edward [Percy]
Private G/25157, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 5 April 1918. Born Bromeswell, enlisted Brighton, Sussex, resident Woodbridge, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 16.

DICKERSON

George
Acting Sergeant 12620, Signal Sub-Section, Royal Engineers, attached 15th Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 27 October 1918. Age 32. Born Woodbridge, enlisted Ipswich. Son of John and Mary Ann Dickerson of Woodbridge. Buried in Giavera British Cemetery, Arcade, Italy. Plot 3. Row C. Grave 10.

HINES

A
Believed to be Albert William HINES, Private 2418, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 18 August 1916. Born Aldeburgh, enlisted Ipswich. No known grave. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

PETTITT

Charles

Leading Stoker K/1348 {R/1348 on CWGC], HMS Formidable, Royal Navy. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 1 January 1915. Aged 25. Born 7 September 1890 in Melton, Suffolk. Son of John and Jane Pettitt of The Lodge, Bromswell. Railway Porter by trade. Enlisted 7 September 1908 for 12 years, height 5 feet 10 inches, chest 35 inches, hair brown, eyes grey, complexion fair. No known grave. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 11.

Note: HMS Formidable was the first British battleship to be sunk in the First World War. While on exercise, 37 miles off the Devon coast, two torpedoes fired by German U-boat 24 resulted in her sinking within two hours. Only 199 members of her crew of 750 survived.

PLANT

Frederick [Charles]

Rifleman A/203951, 9th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 29 March 1918. Born in Bromeswell, enlisted Woolwich, Kent. Formerly TR/4/143286, Royal Army Service Corps. Buried in Sains-Du-Nord Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave 261.

SPEARMAN

George [William]

Private 40425, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 10 November 1916. Born Long Melford, enlisted Ipswich, resident Bromeswell. Formerly 2330, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C.

1939-1945

BUCKLE

Leslie [William]
Private 5827079, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 21 April 1945 as a Japanese Prisoner of War. Age 24. No known grave. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 54.

BUCKLE

Robert [Charles]

Able Seaman C/JX 144530, HMS Kipling, Royal Navy. Died 17 December 1940. Age 21. Son of Ernest Frederick and Agnes Emily Buckle of Woodbridge. Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM). No known grave. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 42, Column 2.

Note: Launched in 1939, HMS Kipling’s early duties were in the Atlantic, followed by the Norwegian Campaign and then patrolling in the Western Approaches. Able Seaman Buckle was lost during this period

EASTON

J
Believed to be James Harley EASTON, Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 755173, 107 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 9 September 1940. Buried in Wambercourt Churchyard, Pas de Calais, France. Grave 1.

Note: In September 1940, 107 Squadron were flying bombing missions using Blenheim Mk IV Bombers, based at RAF Wattisham

EDWARDS

C
No further information currently

EDWARDS

J
No further information currently

FULLER

Robert [Charles William]
Leading Aircraftman 1618302, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 22 December 1945. Age 22. Son of Charles William and Daisy Margaret Fuller. husband of Eileen Fuller of Melton. Buried in Madras Cemetery, Chennai, India. Plot 7. Row E. Grave 17.

GARRETT

Nelson [Robert ]
Corporal 5827164, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died between 5 and 15 February 1942. Age 24. Son of Edwin and Nellie Garrett of Bromeswell. husband of Ethel Mary Garrett of Hove, Sussex. Buried in Kranji War Cemetery, Singpaore. Plot 14. Row C. Collective grave 10-12.

Corporal Garrett died in the fighting that led up to the attack on the Johore Straight and the capitulation of Singapore.

PLANT

Russell [William]
Private 14591946, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 10 April 1945. Age 20. Son of Alfred John and Ethel Plant of Bromeswell. Buried in the Hanover War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 15. Row B. Grave 8.

STEWARD

George [Arthur]

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) 45375, 17 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 23October 1941. Age 26. Son of John and Ellen Maud Steward of Bromeswell. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM). Buried in St Edmund Churchyard, Bromeswell, Suffolk.

Note: 17 Squadron RAF flew Hurricane fighters during the Battle of Britain. Flt Lt Steward is amongst those officially listed as being one of “The Few”. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) in December 1940 when he was a Sergeant. Flight Lieutenant Steward died after the Squadron had been rotated to Scotland from the South of England

Last updated 7 December, 2014

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