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FELSHAM AND GEDDING WAR MEMORIALS

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Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2012

There are four memorials in Felsham & Gedding. In the church of St Peter can be found a memorial to World War 1 containg the names of the men who fell and below is a second memorial to the men who fell in World War 2. Both these memorial are made of brass mounted on a backboard of black-marble. The World War 1 memorial contains twenty-two names and was unveiled by Sir John A C tilley 2 January 1921; it was designed by F Osborne & Co. Ltd; details appeared in the Bury and Noriwch Post 7 January 1921. The World War 2 memorial contains three names only. There are also two wooden plaques listing the men and women who served in World War 1 and World War 2 from the area and the photographs follow the memorial transcription but have not been transcribed.

Photographs copyright © Helen Steed 2012

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
THE ONLY GIVER OF ALL
VICTORY AND IN GRATEFUL
RECOLLECTION OF THE MEN
OF FELSHAM AND GEDDING
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN
THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

BARKER Thomas [James]
Private 23621, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 4 July 1916. 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.
CLARKE Reginald
No further information currently available
DAKING Cyril
Private 12/2987, "A" Company, 1st Battalion, Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. Died of wounds 3 July 1916. Aged 30. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Daking, of Felsham Grange, Bury St. Edmund's. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 90.
DAKING Ernest [Albert]
Rifleman 553200, 16th Battalion (Queen's Westminster Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 14 April 1917. Aged 35. Boprn Boxted, Suffolk, enlisted Holloway, resident Highbury. Son of John A. and Ellen M. Daking; husband of Lucy Annie Daking, of "Ellesmere", Regent's Park Rd., Finchley, London. Buried in BOOTHAM CEMETERY, HENINEL, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 15.
DEMPSTER Edward
Private 71370, 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 15 September 1916. Aged 33. Born 2 April 1884 in Gedding. Son of the late Mrs. Dempster, of Felsham, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Engineer by trade. Previously served in the Army Service Corps. Passed fit 27 October 1914 and enlisted at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 28 October 1914. Height 5 feet 8½ inches, girth 38 inches, complexion fair, eyes grey, ahir fair; religion Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated on VIMY MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2434 - 47
GRIMWADE Charles [Abraham]
Private 35055, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 27 March 1918. Born Felsham, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 25.
GRIMWADE Frederick
Private 12916, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 28 April 1917. Born Hadleigh, Suffolk, enlisted Beyton, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAl, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.
HOLLEX Arthur [Thomas]
Private 202912, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 27 October 1917. Born Felsham, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Hollex, of Lower Green, Felsham, Bury St. Edmunds. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXII. Row H. Grave 14A.
HOLLEX Frederick [Charles]
Lance Corporal 325030, 16th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 4 November 1918. Aged 34. Born Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, enlisted Sudbury, resident Brettenham, Suffolk. Husband of E. R. Hollex, of Wood Cottage, Brettenham, Ipswich. Formerly 331063, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried in ORS BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 17.
HOLLEX John [Robert]
Private 9469, "D" Company, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 24 July 1915. Aged 24. Born Felsham, enlisted Stowmarket. Son of Charles S. and Elizabeth Hollex, of Lower Green, Felsham, Bury St. Edmunds. Buried in LOKER CHURCHYARD, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row B. Grave 16.
HORREX George
Private 13826, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 28 April 1917. aged 32. Born and enlisted Felsham. Husband of Kate Lee (formerly Horrex), of 34, Handford Cut, Ipswich. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAl, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.
HORREX Harry [Abraham]
Private 25237, 13th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 26 March 1918. Born Felsham, enlisted Mill Hill, Middlesex, resident Harrow Weald, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAl, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6.
MARRIOTT Charles
In 1911 Charles Marriott was single, nephew of Emma Blyth, aged 28, Assistant Jamkeeper, born Great Barton, Suffolk, resident Three King's Inn, Fornham All Saints, Bury St Edmund's. No further information currently available.
MEEKINGS Herbert [John]
[Mispelt on SDGW as MCEKINGS] Trooper 825, Household Battalion. Killed in action 3 May 1917. Born Bury St Edmunds, enlisted London, resident Dunmow. In the 1911 census Herbert Meekings was the son of Frederick and Annie Meekings, single, aged 19, a Farm Labourer, born Depden, Suffolk, resident Capel Farm, Felsham, Bury St Edmund's. Formerly 2609, Royal Horse Guards, No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1.
MILLS George [Ernest]
Bandsman 5646, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 13 September 1914. Aged 30. Born Felsham, enlisted Guernsey. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mills, of Felsham, Bury St. Edmund's; husband of Elsie Florence Mills, of The Red House, Waterloo, Stalbridge, Dorset. No known grave. Commemorated on LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.

Memorial plaque also to be found within St Peter's Church, Felsham, it was unveiled 2 January 1921:

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
GEORGE ERNEST MILLS
2ND SUFFOLK REGIMENT
KILLED IN ACTION (FRANCE)
SEPT 13TH 1914 AGED 30
ERECTED BY HIS WIFE AND CHILD

PIKE Henry [George]
Private G/29570, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 13 November 1916. Aged 21. Born Gedding Mills, Suffolk, resident and enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Charles and Anna Pike, of Gidding Mills, Bury St. Edmund's Suffolk. Buried in ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 11.
ROSE Charles
Private 203994, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 22 July 1917. Born and resident Felsham, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Formerly 330185, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried in MESSINES RIDGE BRITISH CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row B. Grave 30.
RUSHBROOKE Robert
[Spelt RUSHBROOK on SDGW] Private G/5292, 8th battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds 5 July 1916. Aged 35. Born Bradfield St George, Suffolk, enlisted Bury St Edmund's. Husband of Ethel May Rushbrooke, of Lackford, nr. Bury St. Edmunds. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 59A.
SMITH Arthur [William]
Private G/70254, 7th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died of wounds 12 July 1918. Aged 18. Born and resident Felsham, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Owen and Mahalah Smith, of Lower Green, Felsham, Bury St. Edmund's. Buried in PERNOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, HALLOY-LES-PERNOIS, Somme, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 11.
SMITH Robert
possibly Robert Smith, Private 17296, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 21 May 1915. Born Hitcham, Suffolk, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Buried in COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot XIII. Row A. Grave 5.
SMITH Stanley [Ivan]
Able Seaman J/3091 (CH), H.M.S. Aboukir, Royal Navy. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 22 September 1914. Aged 23. Born Rattleden, Suffolk 16 June 1891. Son of Edgar F. and Kate Smith, of Felsham, Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 3.
SQUIRRELL Ralph
Private 18249, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk regiment. Died of wounds22 March 1916. Born nedging, Suffolk, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of H. and E. Squirrell, of Little Welnetham, Suffolk. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 82
AND IN THE WORLD WAR
1939-1945
COPPING Frederick
probably Frederick COPPING, Gunner 953111, 67 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 14 November 1942. Aged 24. No known grave. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 34.
CURREY Violet
Corporal W/56900, Auiliary Territorial Service attached to 666 (M) H.A.A. Battery, Royal Artillery. Died 10 May 1943. Daughter of John and E. Currey, of Felsham. Buried in FELSHAM (ST. PETER) CHURCHYARD, Suffolk.
WOOLLACOTT Percy [John]
Rifleman 6925124, 70th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died 2 January 1943. Aged 18. Son of Percy John and Clara Ellen Woollacott, of Felsham. Buried in FELSHAM (ST. PETER) CHURCHYARD, Suffolk.

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