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EYKE 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 church and takes the form carving in the oak wood reredos behind the altar. There are 15 names for World War 1 and 3 for World War 2. THe memorial was uneviled on 30th May 1920 by the Ven. J G R Darling who also did the wood carving. Reported in the East Anglian Daily Times 31st May 1920. Only those men from World War 1 are listed here plus those for World War 2 we have been informed of.

1914-1918

BANTOFT

Thomas

Trooper 1003, 4th Australian Battalion, Australian Imperial Camel Corps. Died 28/03/1918. Commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial

BRIGHTWELL

George Ernest

Gunner 74054, 110th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 30/11/1917. Age 22. Son of Mrs Edith Mary Moore (formerly Brightwell) of 6 Gladstone Road, Woodbridge. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial

CHOLMELEY

Hugh Ralph

Believed to be Second Lieutenant, 45th Battery, 42nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 14/06/1915. Age 24. Son of Robert Francis and Blanche Emily Roberta Cholmeley of 7 Gray's Inn Square, London WC1. Buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord)

CHURCH

George Albert

Private 29017, 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 03/08/1916. Age 36. Son of Mrs Louisa Church of Eyke Street, Woodbridge. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

COWLES

George Charles

Believed to be Private 32002, 12th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 06/05/1917. Age 35. Son of Charles Cowles of Lowestoft. husband of Aggie Cowles. Buried at Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich

FLEMING

Vesey

Rifleman 18642, 1st Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Died 03/01/1917. Buried at Estaires Communal Cemetery

FRANKLIN

Bertie

Gunner 54662, S Battery, Royal Horse Artillery Died 24/11/1915. Born Woodbridge. Buried at the Kut War Cemetery, Iraq

HATCHER

John Mortimer

Private 107290, 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles (British Colombia Regiment). Died 05/04/1916. Age 20. Son of Edward W and Phyllis Hatcher of Eyke. Buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

MANLEY

William

Private L/8525, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 01/01/1915. Age 24. Son of the late J S and Emily Manley. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial

MILLER

Alfred Cecil

Ordinary Seaman J/72556, Roayl Navy, HMS Strongbow. Died 17/10/1917. Age 18. Son of George and Maria Miller of 165 Spratt Street, Eyke. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. HMS Strongbow was an R Class special destroyer launched on the 30th September 1916. On 17th October 1917, while on patrol in the North Sea, HMS Strongbow was sunk by gunfire from the German Cruiser minelayers Brummer and Bremse. All but 47 of her crew were killed

MILLER

Arthur William

Stoker 1st Class 289617, Royal Navy, HMS Cressy. Died 22/09/1914. Age 37. Son of Mrs Bantoft (formerly Miller) of Eyke and the late William Miller. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. HMS Cressy, 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 Aboukir and HMS Hogue 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 were killed in total.

POOLEY

Nelson

Driver 217179, 2nd Section, 36th Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Died 26/07/1917. Resident of Eyke. Buried at Brandhoek New Military Cemetery. Listed as J Pooley in Commonwealth War Graves Commission documents

POOLEY

Robert

Gunner 100833, 21st Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 04/05/1918. Born at Eyke, resident of Woodbridge. Buried at Ebblinghem Military Cemetery

SMITH

Edward James

Private 050446, No 10 Section (Burscough), Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died 22/11/1919. Age 20. Son of George Smith of 211 Hollesley Road, Rendlesham. Buried at Tincourt New British Cemetery. Private Smith is also commemorated on the Rendlesham War Memorial

SMITH

Frederick Johnson

Corporal 8523, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 09/11/1914. Born Eyke. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial. Corporal Smith is also commemorated on the Rendlesham Memorial

1939-1945

LAY

George Edward

Private 5828121, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 7th August 1943. Aged 23. Son of William George and Edith Lay; husband of Rose Ellen Lay, of Bradwell, Suffolk. Buried in LA REUNION WAR CEMETERY, Algeria. Plot 3. Row B. Grave 4.

Last updated 30 May, 2007

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