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EASTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2. Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Stuart Green 2006

The War Memorial is situated inside the parish chruch and takes the form of a alabaster plaque with bronze wreaths and ribbons. There are nineteen names for World War 1 and four for World War 2. The original memorial was unveiled 23rd May 1920 by the Marchioness of Graham and reported in the Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury 28th May 1920.

THIS TABLET IS DEDICATED TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF EASTON WHO IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR ENGLAND AND HONOUR

ATKINS

Nathan

Private 20735, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 22/10/1917. Born Kettleburgh. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

AIREY

George

Corporal 2530, “D” Battery, 310th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 24/05/1918. Son of Mrs E Airey of 3 Pounds Cottages, Easton. Buried at Couin New British Cemetery

CABLE

Roland

Private 29697, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 11/02/1917. Age 28. Husband of Laura Cable of Deben Cottage, Wickham Market. Buried at Varennes Military Cemetery

CAPON

James B

Lance Corporal 200294, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 19/11/1917. Age 23. Son of Mr and Mrs C Capon of the Kennels, Easton. Buried at Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery

COPPING

Samuel Oscar

Private 15316, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28/04/1917. Born at Hacheston. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

COPPING

William

Sergeant 5662, 12th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 25/03/1918. Born Wickham Market. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

FOREMAN

James Stephen

Believed to be Ordinary Seaman J/27883, Royal Navy, HMS Clan McNaughton. Died 03/02/1915. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. HMS Clan McNaughton, an armed merchant cruiser, sank in a storm off the coast of Northern Ireland on 3rd February 1915. It is believed that HMS Clan McNaughton hit a mine during the storm, there were no survivors from the 261 crew

FROST

Leslie Richard

Private 200979, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28/03/1918. Age 21. Son of the late Richard and Laura Frost. Born Easton. Buried at Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt

FULCHER

Frederick Ernest

Stoker 1st Class K/4450, Royal Navy, HMS Hawke. Died 15/10/1914. Age 23. Youngest son of Charles Fulcher and the late Elizabeth Fulcher of Easton. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial. The Edgar Class cruiser HMS Hawke saw service in World War One as a converted depot ship for destroyers and submarines.  HMS Hawke was torpedoed and sunk by U- 9 on the 15th October 1914, with the loss of 524 of her 594 crew

GODLEY

Edwin

Corporal 34, 54th (1st/1st East Anglian) Casualty Clearing Station, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 13/08/1915. Age 27. Son of William Henry and Agnes Godley. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial

JACOBS

Albert Ernest

Private 16684, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 04/10/1916. Age 24. Native of Easton. Buried at Struma Military Cemetery

MILES

Albert E

Private 3/8875, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died 05/07/1915. Born Great Glenham, resident Easton. Buried at Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery

MILES

Armond Wilfred

Private 20488, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 14/10/1916. Age 25. Son of W Miles of Easton. husband of A E Miles of 4 Gordon Terrace, Wickham Market. Buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L’Abbe

OWENS

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PECK

Stanley

Private 290068, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 17/10/1917. Age 22. Son of Mrs S A Peck of Easton. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

RICHARDSON

Frank

Private 12426, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 25/12/1914. Age 29. Son of Frank and Rose Richardson of Pound Cottage, Easton. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial

TODD

George Robert

Private 15086, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 16/09/1916. Age 27. Son of S F and Emma Todd of 81 Malting Villas, Rochford, Essex, Born Hacheston. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

WATSON

Alfred

Private 14972, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 01/07/1916. Born Easton. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

WATTS

James

Believed to be Stoker 1st Class SS/103428, Royal Navy, HMS Aboukir. Died 22/09/1914. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

HMS Aboukir, an old 1st Class armoured cruiser, was part of Cruiser Force C, in the area of the North Sea known as the Broad Fourteens (HMS Eurylus, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy were the other three cruisers). HMS Eurylus had technical problems and returned to port. Early on September 22nd 1914 the German submarine U9 under the command of Commander Otto Weddigen sighted the Cressy, Aboukir and Hogue steaming NNE at 10 knots without zigzagging. Although the patrols were supposed to maintain 12-13 knots and zigzag the old cruisers were unable to maintain that speed and the zigzagging order was widely ignored as there had been no submarines sighted in the area during the war. HMS Aboukir was hit by a torpedo first and rolled over within half an hour of the attack. HMS Hogue was picking up survivors when she was hit by two torpedoes, sinking within 10 minutes. HMS Cressy had stopped to pick up survivors, but got underway, before she was hit by a torpedo and damaged. Shortly afterwards, a second torpedo hit her and she sank within 15 minutes. 837 men were rescued but 1459 men were killed in total

1939-1945

BATTLE

Claude Frederick

Private 5829870, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 13/08/1944. Age 25. Son of William and Ellen Agnes Battle of Easton. Buried at St Charles de Percy War Cemetery

GOLDING

William Charles

Private 6022238, 2/5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 26/02/1944. Age 27. Son of Walter Golding and of Rose Eleanor Golding of Easton. Buried at the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery

POTTER

Leonard Walter

Corporal 5825489, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 31/05/1940. Age 28. Son of Alfred and Julia Potter of Easton. Buried at Adegem Canadian War Cemetery

SMITH

Stanley

Private 5830623, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died 26/12/1943. Age 25. Son of Russell George and Florence Smith. husband of Rose Muriel Smith of Woodbridge. Buried at the Kranji War Cemetery

Last updated 17 September, 2008

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