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DEBACH 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 churchyard of what was the parish church, now a private house. The memorial takes the form of a cross patonce (like a cross of sacrifice), made of Portalnd stone, on a two stepped base. It commeorates six names from World War 1 and two from World War 2. The memorial was unveiled by Lord Cranworth on 25th September 1921. The builder was Mr A C Stephenson and the architect Major Benton Fletcher, Details were reported in the East Anglian Daily Times 28th September 1921.

TO THE GLORY OF ALMIGHTY GOD THE ONLY GIVER OF VICTORY IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF DEBACH WHO DIED IN THE GREAT WAR THAT WE MIGHT LIVE IN PEACE THIS CROSS IS RAISED LEST WE FORGET

1914-1918

COLTHORPE

George Henry

Private 38378, 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 09/04/1917. Age 41. Son of John and Betsy Colthorpe of Boulge. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

DAVY

Arthur William

Private 27191, 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 14/08/1916. Age 22. Son of Alfred and Jane Davey of Woodbridge. Buried at Wimereux Communal Cemetery

FINCH

John

Private 10647, 16th (The Queen’s) Lancers. Died 31/03/1918. Born at Debach, resident of Woodbridge. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial

KNIGHTS

George William

Private 48412, 21st (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 24/02/1917. Husband of Frances K Knight of 47 Pauline Street, Stoke, Ipswich, born Debach. Buried at Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras

LEECH

Benjamin Absalom

Private 3/10119, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28/03/1918. Age 40. Born Dallinghoo. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

MOUSER

David William Charles

Believed to be Private TF/293318, 3rd/10th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died 04/10/1917. Born Bruisyard, resident of Bethnal Green. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Listed with the CWGC as Private Charles MOUSER

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS

1939-1945

LEECH

Maurice Chase

Private 5833034, 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Died 16/02/1944. Age 26. Son of Chase George Ambrose Leech and Edith Leech of Debach. Buried at Gauhati War Cemetery, Assam, India

SEDGWICK

Daniel Leonard

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) 103558, 51 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23/04/1944. Age 28. Son of Leonard George Thomas Sedgwick and Phyllis Eleanor Sedgwick. husband of Eila Ansy Sedgwick. Buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Following a period in 1942 when 51 Squadron were assigned to Coastal Command anti-submarine patrols over the Bay of Biscay, the Squadron was re- equipped with Halifax bombers and returned to Bomber Command as a ‘main force’ squadron for the rest of the war in Europe

AND FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES SERVING WITH THE 493RD BOMB GROUP U.S.A.F.

Last updated 28 September, 2006

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