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World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed Russell Edwards; researched Martin Edwards 2006
grave & plaque photographs David Male

Cowlinge war memorial can be found on the road side in Queen Street, Cowlinge. It takes the form of a Cornish granite Celtic Cross on a stepped base. It contains 25 names for World War 1. It was initially unveiled in 6th March 1921 by Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Briggs, the builder was F H Goddard. A report appeared in the Bury and Norwich Post 18th March 1921. The names have been sorted into alphabetical order here for ease of research and reading.

Photograph copyright © Russell Edwards 2006

IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919

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Private 23536, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 20th July 1916. Aged 39. Born Cowlinge, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Husband of Mrs. G. Clayden, of Belgrave Cottage, Steeple Bumpstead, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.


A E Harry

[Listed as Harry on SDGW] Private 242053, 10th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Died of wounds 10th November 1917. Born and resident Cowlinge, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Husband of Mrs. Ward (formerly Bitten), of 13, Benjamine St., Middlesbrough. Formerly 3/7203, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row D. Grave 20.


George William

Private 42797, 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died of wounds in United Kingdom 24th June 1918. Aged 29. Born and resident Cowlinge, enlisted Newmarket. Son of Charles Bitten, of Lambfair Green, Cowlinge. Formerly 26411, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried south of the church in ST. MARGARET CHURCHYARD, COWLINGE, Suffolk.



Lance Corporal 27457, 2nd Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 28th October 1916. Born and resident Cowling (sic - Cowlinge), enlisted Hertford. Son of Mr. A. C. Bitten, of Rose Cottage, Lambfair Green, Cowlinge, Newmarket. Formerly 13331, Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 D.


Walter Charles

Bombardier 72764, 28th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died in Mesopotamia 25th June 1916. Born Newmarket, enlisted Bury St Edmund's. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 3 and 60.


Frederick [Arthur[

Private 6294, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action on Saturday, 24 April 1915. Aged 28. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper,, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21

He was born in Kirtling in 1886 (Newmarket Q4-1886), son of Lucy HARVEY. His mother married Alfred BRADY in Q4-1888 Newmarket. In the 1891 census, he was aged 4, resident at 13 Hymer Street, North Ormesby, Yorkshire, with his stepfather Alfred BRADY [27] labourer born Cowlinge; his mother Lucy [23] born London, half sister Edith M BRADY [1] born North Romesby and a lodger George BRADY [25] labourer, born Cowling (presumably step-uncle).

In the 1901 census he was aged 14, teamster on farm, he resident at Chapel Row, Ashley cum Silverley with his grandfather James HARVEY [70] gardener's labourer, born Cowlinge; grandmother Harriet [66] born Lidgate; uncles Arthur HARVEY [39] bricklayer's labourer born London, Surrey, and John HARVEY [19] bricklayer's labourer born North Crosby, Yorkshire and his grandfather's sister, widow Fanny ELLIS [62] born Cowlinge. His stepfather Alfred BRADY [39] horse man on farm, born Cowlinge; his mother Lucy [32] born London; half sisters Edith May [11] born North Ormsby, Yorkshire and Harriet Mabel [3] born Kirtling; half brothers James [9] born North Ormsby, Yorkshire and John [6] born Cowlinge, were in Cowlnge at Thrifty Farm.

He has not been found in the 1911 census but he may well be the 24 yrs old Frederick Harvey (born Middlesborough) who is in the 1st Battalion Suffolk Regiment in Egypt (North Ormesby being nr Middleborough). His mother had died in 1901 and his widower step-father, half brother John and half-sister Mabel were still at Thrifty Farm, Cowlinge. Half-brother James had joined the Navy and was in Portsmouth.

His Army Soldiers Effects entry gives his sole legatee as half sister Mabel Harriet BRADY. His half brother John BRADY [see below] was killed in Belgium in 1918. He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds.

His medal Index card wrongly gives the year of death as 1916 . The war diary from 9th April to 9th May 1915 appears to have gone missing, so we must use Murphy's "History of the Suffolk Regiment":-

April 22nd was the first real use of gas by the Germans. On the night of 23rd/24th the battalion went back into reserve between Frenzenberg and Verlorenhoek, no billets, they had to bivouack under hedges.

On the morning of 24th they were put to work digging in on the ridge astride the Ypres-Zonnebeke road. An officer appeared from Division to say the 1st Suffolks and 12th Londons were to advance northward, adding the Germans had broken through and only these two battalions stood between the Germans and Ypres. Catpain Balders sought advice from Brigade and was given authority to advance and try top establish a base in the ruins of FORTUIN.

As soon as they set out the enemy barrage increased. On the way to FORTUIN, they came across a hard pressed Canadian unit and the decision was made to assist them. Being made aware that the Germans were already in St Julien. "A" and "B" Companies reinforced the Canadian left flank, whilst the rest took up a position covering FORTUIN, the 12 London being on the right.After digging all night the Suffolk who were put in the open managed to construct a fire trench over 4 feet deep with traverses.

The 24th was the Suffolk's first experience of gas. Had the Germans realised the effect of their gas attacks and pushed their Reserves forward, they very well may have taken Ypres. CWGC put the deaths in the 1st Suffolks on 24th at 50, only 6 have known graves.

[This man heavily researched by Tony Pringle]



[Listed as Private on memorial] Gunner 75343, 112th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 28th May 1918. Aged 23, Born Newmarket, enlisted Bury St Edmund's. Son of Alfred Brady, of Briggs Farm, Cowlinge, Newmarket; half brother of Frederick Arthur Brady (above). Buried in GWALIA CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 33.



Private 13910, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 24th September 1917. Aged 33. Born Cowlinge, enlisted Newmarket. Buried in TINCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 6.


Stanley Francis

[Listed a Francis Stanley on SDGW & CWGC] Private 59427, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 29th October 1918. Aged 19. Born Cowlinge, enlisted Chelmsford, Essex. Son of Robert and Susan Cook, of Elms Farm, Cowlinge, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 7.


William [Charles]

[Listed as Private on memorial and as ELEY on CWGC] Guardsman 31950, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 4th November 1918. Born Cowlinge, enlisted Newmarket. Formerly 26619, Hampshire Regiment. Buried in FRASNOY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 17.



Sergeant - probably Arthur GALLIMORE, Corporal 12870. 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 27th September 1917. Aged 25. Born Alcester, enlisted Newmarket. Husband of May Gallimore, of The Green, Barrow, near Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXIV. Row D. Grave 3A.



Corporal 47770, 12th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 5th January 1916. Born St Alban's, Hertfordshire, enlisted Newmarket, resident Cowlinge. Buried in ERQUINGHEM-LYS CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 15.



Private - No further information currently available


Frank George Howard

Private CH/15290, H.M.S. Formidable, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Lost with his ship 1st January 1915. Aged 28. Son of Ernest and Matilda Gooch, of "Deynes House," Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 13.

Note: H.M.S. Formidable was a Formidable Class Battleship built at Portsmouth Dockyard, laid down March 1898, completed September 1901, cost £1,097,245. She was part of the 5th Battle Squadron Channel Fleet and in August 1914 covered the transportation of the British Eexpeditionary Force then on 25th August 1914 took part in transport of the Portsmouth Marine battalion to Ostend. It was on 1st January 1915 that she was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U24 in the Channel.


Nathan Robert

Private 17167, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 21. Born Cowlinge, enlisted Newmarket. Son of Ernest Joseph and Matilda May Gooch, of Deynes House, Cowlinge, Newmarket. Buried in ?. Plot I. Row B. Grave 82.



Private - No further information currently available


Henry Joseph

Private 74046, 138th Field Ambulance, Royal Army medical Corps. Killed in action 17th June 1917. Aged 31. Born Cowlinge, enlisted Exeter, resident Ipplepen, Devon. Son of John and Sarah Hurst, of Cowlinge, Suffolk; husband of Annie Florence Hurst, of 7, Nelson Rd., Perry St., Gravesend, Kent. Buried in DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row C. Grave 45.



Lance Sergeant 14144, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 28th September 1916. Born Cowlinge, enlisted Newmarket. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.


James Henry

Private G/12873, 10th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 24th February 1917. Aged 32. Born Cowlinge, enlisted Horsham, Sussex, resident Crawley. Son of William and Louisa Littlechild, of Cowlinge, Newmarket; husband of Gertrude Sarah Littlechild, of Frederick St., Waddesdon, Aylesbury. Buried in KLEIN-VIERSTRAAT BRITISH CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row C. Grave 18.



Private 61011, 23rd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 7th September 1918. Born Cowlinge, enlisted Wickhambrook. Formerly 26394, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in TROIS ARBRES CEMETERY, STEENWERCK, Nord, France. Plot III. Row M. Grave 7.


Ernest [William]

Company Sergeant Major 2011, 12th Battalion, Rifle Briagde (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 24th March 1918. Born and resident Cowlinge, enlisted Bury St Edmund's. Son of Arthur and Agnes Potter, of Mill Rd., Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suflolk. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 81 to 84.



Private 16081, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment attached 35th Trench Mortar Battery. Died 24th February 1917. Born Cowlinge, enlisted Newmarket. Buried in AVESNES-LE-COMTE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 18.


Sampson [Samuel]

Private 20606, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 11th August 1917. Aged 33. Born Cowlinge, enlisted Huntingdon. Husband of Helen Ransome, of Brampton, Huntingdon. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4.


William [Herbert]

Private 26645, 12th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 22nd January 1917. Aged 41. Born Cowlinge, enlisted Haverhill. Son of George and Elizabeth Starling, of Mill Rd., Cowlinge, Newmarket. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.


Albert [Edward]

Corporal 5897, 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 28th Ocotber 1916. Aged 39. Born Kirtling, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, enlisted York. Son of Mrs. G. Ginn, of The Green, Kirtling, Newmarket; husband of Mary Jane Wiltshire, of Pound Green, Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 A, 2 C and 2 D.

Buried in Cowling Congregational Chapelyard not on memorial or listed within the church



Able Seaman. Of H. M. S. Cumberland. Died at New York 22nd. Nov. 1905. Age 20.


Private TR10/171696, 51st Training Reserve Bn. Middlesex Regiment. Died 8th November 1918. Age 18. Son of William and Emma Starling of Lambfair Green Cowlinge. Alternative Commemoration - buried in Cowling Congregational Chapelyard. Spec. Memorial - Left of Entrance.

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