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DRINKSTONE WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2012

The Drinkstone war memorial consists of two plaques, one above the other, on the wall in the local parish church. The uppermost plaque is for World War 1 and is carved from Portland stone. It contains the names of 15 men who mad the ultimate sacrifice in World War 1. The lower plaque is for World War 2 and is again carved from Portland stone. It contains the names of 3 men who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War 2; it cost £28 10s and was built by Messrs Mossford.

The village hall on Gedding Road, Drinkstone was dedicated as a war memorial also. Inside is a wooden plaque with and inscription that reads "LEST WE FORGET DRINKSTONE VILLAGE HALL IS A WAR MEMORIAL 1914-1918 AND 1939-1945 PRESENTED BY DRINKSTONE RBL, 1995, 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF VE AND VJ DAYS". This plaque was unveiled 23rd July 1995. The hall itself was a 1914-1918 war memorial and was an officers' mess at Great Ashfield airfield during the Great War and was presented to Drinkstone as a war memorial in the 1920's. Details of the unveiling of the unveiling appeared in The East Anglian Daily Times 20th and 29th July 1995.

Corton, Suffolk - War Memorial
Photographs Copyright © Helen Steed 2012

IN HONOURED MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

BARKER Thomas [James]
Private 23621, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 4 July 1917. Aged 33. Born Felsham, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Ebenezer and Roseann Barker, of The Green, Drinkstone, Bury St. Edmund's. Buried in MILLENCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 20.
CORNISH James
[Memorial states 3rd Battalion] Sergeant 10358, 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 13 March 1915. Born Bradfield, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Drinkstone. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 11.
EDWARDS William
Sapper 216710, 158th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers. Died 3 September 1918. Aged 38. Born Halstead, Essex, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Woolpit, Suffolk. Son of William and Elizabeth Edwards; husband of E. F. Edwards, of Drinkstone, Bury St. Edmunds. Buried in ST. GERMAIN-AU-MONT-D'OR COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Rhone, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 15.
GILL James

[Listed as 2nd Battalion on memorial] Acting Corporal 8716, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 6 October 1915. Aged 18. Born Drinkstone, Bury St. Edmund's, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of James and Agnes Gill, of New England, Sible Hedingham, Essex. Buried in LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 50.

HARVEY Alfred [Jonathan]
Private 25299, 6th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 14 August 1917. Aged 25. Born Drinkstone, enlisted Middlesbrough. Son of Alfred John Harvey, of Cross St., Drinkstone, Bury St. Edmund's. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 33.

HALLS Walter [Ernest]
Private 22985, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 28 July 1916. Aged 23. Born Drinkstone, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Charles Louis and Emily Halls, of The Green, Drinkstone, Suffolk. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IX. Row A. Grave 8A.
PHILLIPS Bertie
Private 242205, 2/5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 27 September 1917. Aged 29. Born Drinkstone, enlisted Battersea, Surrey. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Phillips, of Drinkstone, Bury St. Edmund's; husband of Hilda M. Phillips, of 41, Lichfield Rd., Boundary Rd., East Ham, London. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50 to 51.
PRYKE Arthur
Private 493894, 13th (Kensington) Battalion, London Regiment. Died 1 November 1919. Aged 27. Son of Walter and Kate Pryke, of Mead Cottage, Drinkstone, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot LXVI. Row N. Grave 5.
ROSE, MM [Leonard] George

Sergeant 13926, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 12 October 1917. Aged 34. Born and enlisted Drinkstone. Son of William and Kezia Rose, of Camborne Farm, Drinkstone, Bury St. Edmund's; husband of Annie Boby (formerly Rose), of The Green, Woolpit, Bury St. Edmund's. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 40 to 41 and 162 to 162A.

ROSE Cecil
Private 14006, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 7 May 1917. Born and enlisted Drinkstone. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.

ROSE Sidney [Arthur]
[Listed as Sydney on memorial] Private 14005, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 29 October 1916. Born and enlisted Drinkstone. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
SEELEY Harry
Private 6620, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 16 June 1915. Aged 38. Born Norton, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Elijah and Fanny Seeley, of Heath Rd., Norton, Bury St. Edmund'S; husband of Mary Ann Seeley, of Shop Corner, Drinkstone, Bury St. Edmund'S. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21

SMITH Albert [E]
Private 15241, 1st Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment0. Died 4 March 1916. Aged 18. Son of John William Smith, of Drinkstone Green, Bury St. Edmund's. Buried in POTIJZE BURIAL GROUND CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section G. Grave 2.
WHITING John
Private 13942, "A" Company, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 7 August 1916. Aged 21. Born Hessett, enlisted Drinkstone. Son of Mrs. Emily Whiting, of The Street, Drinkstone, Bury St. Edmunds. Buried in HESSETT (ST. ETHELBERT) CHURCHYARD, Suffolk. Special memorial.
WEBB, MC Duncan Vere
Captain, 3rd Battalion attached 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 16 October 1918. Aged 22. Son of Maj. Duncan Webb and Madalene Webb, of Drinkstone House, Suffolk. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in VADENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, MAISSEMY, Aisne, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 21.
IN HONOURED MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE
SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-1945
BLOOMFIELD Percy Charles
Able Seaman C/JX 154324, H.M.S. Pembroke, Royal Navy. Died 21 January 1941. Aged 19. Son of James William and May Kate Bloomfield, of Drinkstone.Buried in DRINKSTONE (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Suffolk.
HARGREAVES [John] Michael
Lieutenant 186891, 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 25 January 1944. Buried in ANZIO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 3.
ROSE G E
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