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CHILLESFORD WAR MEMORIAL

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

The War Memorial is situated in the parish church and takes the form of a square brass plaque with engraved bordering. There are 14 names for World War 1 listed.

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

BANTOFT

Alfred Samuel

Private 27276, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 13/11/1916. Born in Chillesford. Buried at Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel

BENNETT

Cordie William

Private 8031, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 21/12/1915. Born Blythburgh. Buried at the Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy

BENNETT

William G

Private 50781, 1st/5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 09/06/1918. Age 25. Son of Charles and Mary Ann Bennett of 41 Decoyhouse, Iken, Tunstall. Native of Orford . Buried at Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel

CALEY

Philip Herbert

Lance Corporal 59515, 106th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 17/07/1917. Born Sudbourne, resident in Tunstall. Buried at the New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ypres

CHITTLEBOROUGH

John Lindley

Gunner 104794, 265th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 24/09/1917. Age 39. Son of William Chittleborough of Chillesford and the late Susanah Chittleborough. Buried at Godewaersvelde British Cemetery

FRANCIS

Herbert Franklin

Private G/35966, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 13/11/1916. Born Chillsford. Buried at Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel

GRAND

Reginald Walter

Private 37840, 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 18/02/1917. Age 22. Son of Robert and Rose Grand, of Brightwell. Buried at Orford (St Bartholomew) Churchyard. Private Grandís death was recorded at Woodbridge

KING

Russell William

Rifleman A/205352, 8th Battalion, Kingís Royal Rifle Corps. Died 21/03/1918. Born in Chillesford. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial

KNIGHTS

Edward George

Private 20819, 6th Battalion, Kingís Shropshire Light Infantry. Died 22/03/1918. Age 28. Son of George B and Eliza Knights of 5 New Cottages, Chillesford Lodge, Orford. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial

KNIGHTS

William Harry

Private 14975, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 07/07/1916. Born Chillesford. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

MEADOWS

George Snowdon

Stoker 1st Class 308721, Royal Navy. HMS Natal. Died 30/12/1915. Age 35. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Meadows of 69 Broom Cottage, Sudbourne. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. On 30th December 1915 Natal was lying in the Cromarty Firth with her squadron under the command of Captain Eric Back RN. Shortly after 3.20pm, and without warning, a series of violent explosions tore through the ship. Within 5 short minutes she capsized, a blazing wreck. 390 men, more than half of the shipís company, 11 women and children and two dockyard workers perished either from the explosions or in the freezing water of the Cromarty Firth. There was a huge amount of speculation about the loss of the Natal. A mine laying U-boat was thought to be the cause but an underwater inspection revealed massive damage from an internal explosion. sabotage by German agents was suspected but never proved

SMITH

John

Private 17549, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 25/05/1915. Age 29. Husband of Lily Jane Foreman (formerly Smith) of The Bungalow, Wigborough Wick, St Osyth, Clacton-on-Sea. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

SMY

Arthur

Stoker 1st Class K/18565, Royal Navy. HMS Hogue. Died 22/09/1914. Born Clopton. 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 were killed in total. Stoker Smy is also commemorated on the Clopton War Memorial

SMY

Noah G

Leading Stoker K/17913, Royal Navy. HMS Intrepid. Date of death 27/04/1918. Born in Clopton. Buried in Clopton (St Mary) Churchyard. Leading Stokerís death is recorded at Medway. this was probably as the result of wounds received during the Zeebrugge raid on 23/04/1918. HMS Intrepid was built 1894. Converted to a minelayer in 1910. Became a depot ship and served as such in the White Sea. Finally became a block ship and was scuttled at Zeebrugge 23/04/1918. Leading Stoker Smy is also commemorated on the Clopton War Memorial

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

1939-1945

SNOWDEN

Herbert John

Corporal 1886332, 7 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 13/05/1943. Age 24. Son of Willie George and Ellen Snowdon of Chillesford. Buried at Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia

 

Last updated 27 September, 2006

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