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CORTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2003 Transcribed Richard Crispin, researched Martin Edwards

Corton is a village on the coast a few miles north of Lowestoft. There is well kept memorial in the main village street, next to the village hall. The memorial plaque for World War 1 & 2 and is a wooden base with a brass plaque affixed. This was originally dedicated on 21 July 1920 by The Venerable Lisle Carr details appearing in the East Anglian Daily Times 24 July 1929. The memorial was rededicated on 9 June 2002.
Corton, Suffolk - War Memorial
Photographs Copyright © Helen Steed 2012
WORLD WAR I
Navy

FREEMAN

Sidney John

Trimmer 4181TS, H.M. Drifter "Launch Out", Royal Naval Reserve. Died 26th October 1916. Aged 26. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Freeman, of 2, Rocket Cottages, Corton, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 20.

SMITH

Benjamin James

Seaman 6437A, S.S. "Tyrhaug", Royal Naval Reserve. Died 26th March 1918. Aged 26. Son of Henry and Rebecca Smith of Lowestoft; husband of Elizabeth H. Smith, of Park Hill Cottages, Oulton, Lowestoft. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 30.

BACON

William R

[Fisherman on memorial] Skipper, Sailing Trawler "Boy Percy" (Lowestoft), Mercantile Marine. Died 13th May 1916. Aged 53. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London.

FREEMAN

Lancelot L

[Fisherman on memorial] Fourth Hand, Sailing Trawler "Boy Percy" (Lowestoft), Mercantile Marine. Died 13th May 1916. Aged 31. Son of Mrs. Martha Ellen Freeman, of Mill Lane, Corton, Lowestoft; husband of Evelyn Mary Freeman, of 2, Mill Hook Cottage, Corton, Lowestoft. Born at Corton. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London.

Army

BLAKE

Arthur William

Lance Corporal G/11192, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 24th October 1918 with British Expeditionary Force. Born Loddon, Norfolk, enlisted Lowestoft. Aged 22. Son of Arthur and Laura Blake, of Park Hill Cottages, Corton, Lowestoft. Buried in VALENCIENNES (ST. ROCH) COMMUNAL CEMETERY, . Grave III. B. 5.

BOON

Birkwood George Willie

Rifleman S/29495, 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 21st March 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 20. Born and resident Corton, enlisted Lowestoft. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 81 and 84.

BUTTIVANT

Robert Cooper

[Spelt BUTTIFANT on SDGW and CWGC] Corporal 65758, 128th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 20th October 1915 in France & Flanders. Aged 26. Born Corton, enlisted East Ham, Essex. Son of Frederick and Emma Buttifant, of Rose Cottage, Corton, Lowestoft. Buried in X FARM CEMETERY, LA CHAPELLE-D'ARMENTIERES, Nord, France. Grave C. 4.

DAVIES

Kenneth George

Temporary Lieutenant, H Cable Section, N Corps, Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 19th May 1917. Aged 21. Son of the Rev. and Mrs. Wilfred H. Davies, of St. Giles-in-the-Fields' Rectory, London. Buried in ECOIVRES MILITARY CEMETERY, MONT-ST. ELOI, Pas de Calais, France. Grave V. J. 12.

FOX

Stanley J

Aged 19 - Cannot find an entry - [There is a Sidney FOX listed for 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was the son of Benjamin and Ruth Edith Fox, of 28, Beaconsfield Rd., Lowestoft. He was 19 when he died.]

HIGH

Charles Edward

Private 295339, 4th (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed in action 20th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 32. Born Corton, enlisted and resident Luton, Bedfordshire. Formerly 5858, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in TYNE COT CEMETERY, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XX. A. 16.

SLATER

Sidney J

Aged 24 - probably Sidney Slater, Private 5593, 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians). Killed in action 12th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Blundeston, Suffolk, enlisted and resident Lowestoft. Formerly 146687, Royal Field Artillery. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 9.

SMITH

Percy Allen

Private G/18091, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 23rd July 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 21. Born Corton, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Arthur and Elizabeth Smith, of 33, Tennyson Rd., Lowestoft. Formerly 2424, Suffolk Yeomanry. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIALIeper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 45 and 47

SOANES

Frederick James

Private 17222, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 25th May 1915 in France & Flanders. Aged 20. Born Corton, enlisted Lowestoft. Son of Charles and Sarah Soanes, of 3, Poplar Cottages, Corton. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIALIeper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.

WARD

Walter Robert

Gunner 885321, "B" Battery, 75th Brigade, Territorial Force, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 16th October 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 28. Born Canton, Cardiff, enlisted Lowestoft. Son of Fredrick and Susan Ward, of Corton, Suffolk. Buried in ST. HILAIRE LES CAMBRAI BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave A. 9.

WORLD WAR II
Navy

AYERS

Francis Beedom

Ordinary Seaman C/SSX 32027, H.M.S. Harvester, Royal Navy. Died 1st June 1940. Aged 18. Son of William Henry and Marguerite Mary Ayers, of Corton, Suffolk. His brother, William Henry Beedom Ayers, also died on service (see below). Buried in St JAMES's CEMETERY, Dover, Kent. Row D. Joint grave 6.

Army

AYERS

William [Henry] Beedom

Captain 243855, Royal Engineers. Died 7th June 1944. Aged 27. Son of William Henry and Marguerite Mary Ayers, of Corton, Lowestoft, Suffolk. His brother, Francis Beedom Ayers, also died on service (see above). Buried in HERMANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Grave 1. M. 4.

BULLEN

Frank Horace

Private 5778683, 4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 6th February 1944 as a POW. Aged 30. Son of Frank James Bullen and Gertrude Jane Bullen, of Corton, Suffolk. Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Grave 9. M. 9.

HILL

John William

Lance Corporal 5622360, The Hallamshire Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Died 16th July 1944. Aged 23. Son of George Henry and Eliza Jane Hill; husband of Nancy Elizabeth Hill, of Corton, Suffolk. Buried in ST. MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX, Calvados, France. Grave III. H. 4.

HOUGHTON

Charles Henry

Guardsman 2665760, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died 9th December 1944. Aged 20. Son of Harry and Ethel May Houghton. Buried in FAENZA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Grave VI. D. 3.

READ

Walter

Private 7403412, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 14th December 1942. Aged 28. Son of James and Amelia Read, of Corton, Suffolk; husband of Ruth K. Read, of Corton. Buried in LA REUNION WAR CEMETERY, Algeria. Grave 2. F. 3.

R.A.F.

TURNER

Bertie Frederick

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 525573, 463 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 21st January 1944. Aged 26. Son of Henry and Anne Estella Turner; husband of Agnes Mabel Turner, of Lowestoft. Buried in ST BATHOLOMEW CHURCHYARD, CORTON, Suffolk. Row 12. Grave 10.

There is an additional plaque placed in memory of the following two men who were not from the village, but died trying to defuse a magnetic washed up on the village beach on 11th June 1942.

EDWARDS, DSO

Roy Berryman

Lieutenant-Commander, H.M.S. Watchful, Royal Navy. Died disarming mine at Corton 11th June 1942. Age 37. Son of Charley James and Florence Edwards; husband of Winifred Allie Edwards, of Ventnor, Isle of Wight. A.M.I.E.E. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.). Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 61, Column 3.

HOWARD

John

Ensign, United States Navy. Died disarming mine at Corton 11th June 1942. Age 24

Last updated 22 August, 2012

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