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EARL STONHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2017

The war memorial cross can be found in the grounds of St Marys Church, Earl Stonham, Suffolk and takes the form of a floriated Latin Cross with octagonal column and stepped base made from Portland stone. The cross was first unveiled 16 January 1921 by the Earl Cadogan which was reported in the East Anglian Daily Times, 17 January 1921. The Roll of Honour takes the form of a handwritten, paper, roll of honour in a glass frame within the church. There are fifteen names listed on the War Memorial for World War 1 and seventeen on the Roll of Honour. There is one man listed for World War 2 on both the Roll of Honour and the memorial. The two names listed only on the Roll of Honour are marked †.

Photographs copyright © Helen Steed 2011

Memorial inscription:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF EARL STONHAM
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

SO THEY PASSED OVER AND LET THE TRUMPETS SOUND FOR THEM ON THE OTHER SIDE

Roll of Honour inscription:

Greater love hath no man than this that a
man lay down his life for his friends
1914 – 1918

Grant them Lord eternal rest and let
light perpetual shine upon them

1914-1918

ASHWIN Manley Frederick

Lance Corporal 768683, 28th or 2nd Battalion, London Regiment (Artists' Rifles). Died from Broncho Pneumonia at the Military Hospital, Warley, 19 December 1918 at 9am; disease contracted while on Military Service. Aged 31. Born 2 June 1887 in Camberwell, Surrey, educated Dulwich College and Pembroke College, Cambridge. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born Dulwich, Surrey, resident with his parents, Edward J and Blanche M Ashwin, resident 90, Croxted Road, Dulwich, Camberwell, London. Height 5 feet 8 inches, weight 143 lbs, blue eyes, fair hair, fresh complexion, chest 34½ inchesIn the 1911 census he was aged 23, born Dulwich S.E., Clerk In Holy Order Church Of England, resident 80 Barlow Street Walworth SE, St Mary Newington, London. Married Marjorie Edith Morgan 23 September 1913 at St. Pancras. Buried in HIGHGATE CEMETERY, London. Grave reference 99. 41269.

** Note: Other than being a Clerk in Holy Orders no connection can be found with Earl Stonham but he is the only Mnley F ASHIW listed for that period.

BAKER Reginald James Diamond
Born 1897, baptised 29 July 1897 at Pettaugh, St Catherine, son of Harry and Ellen Baker of Pettaugh. Death recorded October to December Quarter 1922 in the Bosmere Registration District, Suffolk, aged 25.
BRETT William [Edgar]
Private 30705, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 15 March 1918. Aged 26. Born Earl Stonham, enlisted Stowmarket. Son of Edgar and Alice Brett, of Forward Green, Earl Stonham, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Buried in CROISILLES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 19.
CHAPLIN Wilfred Samuel
Private 201256, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 15 July 1916. Enlisted Ipswich. Formerly 3865, Suffolk Regiment. Born 19 August 1897. Baptised 17 October 1897 at Earl Stonham, St Mary. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Suffolk, resident with his parents, Samuel and Mary Ann Chaplin, Forward Green, Earl Stonham, Bosmere, Suffolk. Admitted to Earl Stonham Church/Voluntary Primary School in 1902. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
CROWE Henry [Jesse]
Private 222497, 213th Area Employment Company, Labour Corps. Killed in action 12 April 1918. Born Mendlesham, Suffolk, resident Earl Stonham, enlisted Ipswich, Suffolk. Formerly 33339, 6th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment and 2358, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Roow A. Grave 26.
DIAPER John [Dolby]
Ordinary Seaman J/71444, H.M.S. Pembroke, Royal Navy. Died in Chatham Hospital dfrom heart failure following bomb wounds 18 April 1918; wounded in an enemy air raid on Chatham Barracks (3 September 1917). Aged 19. Born 1 June 1898 in Stowmarket, Suffolk, baptised 17 July 1898 at Stowupland, Holy Trinity. Son of Martha and George Diaper, of Mill House, Forward Green, East Stoneham (sic), Nr Stowmarket. Enlisted 6 June 1917 for the duration of the hostilities. Heght 5 feet 4½ inche, chest 36 inches, brown hair, grey eyes, fair complexion. Employed as a Stockman prior to enlistment. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Stowupland, Suffolk, resident with his parents, George and Martha Diaper, in Columbyne Road, Stowupland, Stow, Suffolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Earl Stowupland, Suffolk, resident with his parents, George and Martha Diaper, at Forward Green, Earl Stonham, Suffolk. Buried in GILLINGHAM (WOODLANDS) CEMETERY, Kent. Church of England Naval Plot 29. Grave 1518.
GRAY Harold Eric
Gunner 3591, "D" Battery, 53rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 27 October 1915. Born Halstead, Essex, enlisted Ipswich, Suffolk. In the 1911 censsu he was aged 21, born Greenstead, Essex, living on Private Means, resident with his mother, Alice Julia Gray, at Deerbolts Hall, Stonham, Earl Stonham, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 5 and 9.
HUBBARD Charles [Frederick]
Private 52849, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died 31 July 1917. Aged 24. Son of George and Charlotte M. Hubbard, of Angel Hill, Stonham, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Although his age is given as 24, died 1917, making his year of birth 1893 he appears in the 1891 census aged 1, born Essex, son of Charles Wing and Alice Julia Gray, resident Perces, Halstead, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21. Also commemorated on St James the Apostle Church War Memorial, Greenstead Green, Essex.
KEEN Samuel [Charles]
Private 27277, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment). Killed in action 30 May 1917. Aged 20. Born Wetheringset, Suffolk, resident Earl Stonham, enlisted Needham Market. Son of Mrs. J. Keen, of Angel Hill, Stonham, Stowmarket, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.
KITSON Adolphus
Trooper 3242, 8th Australian Light Horse. Died of illness (Heart failure) in Port Said Military Hospital 15 October 1918. Aged 26. Born 12 May 1892. Son of Adolphus and Ada Kitson; nephew of Mrs. Diana Kitson, of 9 Trafalgar Streetm Middle brighton, Australia. Native of Mendlesham, Suffolk. Admitted to Earl Stonham Church/Voluntary Primary School in 1900. In the 1901 census he was aged 8, born Mendlesham, Suffolk, resident with his parents, Adolphus and Ada Harriet Kitson, at Fulchers Farm, Earl Stonham, Bosmere, Suffolk. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Mendlesham, Suffolk, a Farm Worker, resident with his parents, Adolphus and Ada Kitson, at Fulchers Farm, Forward Green, Earl Stonham, Suffolk. Farmer by trade, he emigrated to Australia aged 19, resident Middle Brighton, Victoria, Australia. Religious denomination Church of England. Embarked 20 February 1917 from Melbourne aboard RMS Morea. Buried 16 October 1918 in PORT SAID WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section E. Grave 11.
LAST Frederick John
(Served as Alfred LAWRENCE). Gunner 23833, 4th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 13 December 1918. Aged 36. Son of Arthur and Annie Last, of Middlewood Green, Forward Green, Earl Stonham. Buried near the North boundary in EARL STONHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Suffolk.
PECK Walter [William]
Private 24201, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 22 March 1918. Aged 26. Son of Mr. H. Peck, of Morgan's Yards, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.
RINGE Nathaniel [Bailey]
Private 5763, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 4 March 1916. Aged 32. Born Earl Stonham, Suffolk, enlisted Needham Market. Son of Robert and Emma Ringe, of Forward Green, Earl Stonham, Stowmarket. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 72.
RUSH Alfred William
Private 267828, 1st/7th Battalion, Prince Of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Died 26 October 1918. Born and enlisted Stowmarket, Suffolk. Baptised 9 May 1897 at Earl Stonham, St Mary, son of Jonathan William and Mary Ann Rush. Formerly 1933, Suffolk Regiment. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Earl Stonham, Suffolk, an Errand Boy, resident with his grandparents, Charles and Mary Ann Chittock, in Forward Green, Earl Stonham, Suffolk. Buried in ERQUELINNES COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Hainaut, Belgium. Grave 128.
STANNARD Albert [William]
Private (Acting Corporal) 242560, 1st/5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine 19 April 1917. Aged 23. Son of Mary Stannard, of Saxham St., Stowupland, Stowmarket, Suffolk, and the late Charles Stannard. Formerly 20123, Suffolk Regiment. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Thwaite, Suffolk, working on farm, resident with his widowed mother, Mary Stannard, in Saxham Street, Stowupland, Suffolk. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Plot VIII. Row E. Grave 10.
SOAMES Oliver Jack
Second Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 27 March 1918. Aged 24. Born 10 or 17 December 1894 in Earl Stonham, Suffolk. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Soames; husband of H. K. Olive Soames, of 71, Norwich Rd., Ipswich. Admitted to Combs Ford County Primary School in 1900. Admitted to Earl Stonham Church/Voluntary Primary School in 1905. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Medlesham, Suffolk, resident with his parents, Henry and Rachel H Soames, in Combs Ford, Village, Combs, Stow, Suffolk. Buried in BOUZINCOURT RIDGE CEMETERY, ALBERT, Somme, France. Plot II. Row N. Grave 11.
WILDING Stanley [Wilfred]
[WILDEN on ROH, WILDING on Memorial] Private 3864, "A" Company, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 20 August 1916. Aged 19. Born 6 April 1897. Baptised 12 June 1898 at Earl Stonham, St Mary. Son of Harry and Sarah Janes Wilding, of Forward Green, Earl Stonham, Stowmarket. Admitted to Earl Stonham Church/Voluntary Primary School in 1900. In the 1901 census he is listed as Wilfred S Wilding, aged 3, born Suffolk, resident with his parents, Harry and Sarah J Whiting, in Forward Green, Earl Stonham, Bosmere, Suffolk. Buried in HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE, Somme, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 47.
1939-1945
WEST Basil Charles
Private 5834440, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese 21 July 1943. Aged 32. Born, 19 December 1910, and resident Suffolk. Son of Charles Henry and Ellen Florence West; husband of Gladys Ellen West (nee Wade), of Ipswich, Suffolk. In the 1911 census he was newborn, born Crowfield, Suffolk, resident with his parents, Charles and Ellen West, in Crowfield, Suffolk. In the 1939 Register he was a General Labourer, resident with his parents, Charles and Ellen West, in Forward Green, Gipping R.D., Suffolk. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot B£. Row L. Grave 14.

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