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FRISTON WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Stuart Green 2006

The Friston War Memorial can be found in the grounds of St Mary's parish church and takes the form of a latin cross on a stepped octagonal base with a sword of sacrifice on the shaft. There are 15 names listed for World War 1 and 7 for World War 2. The memorial was dedicated by Ve. J G R Darling and unveiled 22nd May 1920, the build was Mr Moss. This was reported in the East Anglian Daily Times 26th May 1920.

IN TRIBUTE TO ALL WHO FOUGHT AND IN EVER
CONSTANT MEMORY OF THOSE WHO FELL IN
THE GREAT WAR/ AUGUST 4TH 1914 JUNE 28TH 1919
THIS CROSS IS ERECTED BY THE INHABITANTS OF FRISTON

1914-1918

BUTCHER

Harry Stanley

Able Seaman J/3004, Royal Navy, HMS Cressy. Died 22/09/1914. Age 22. Son of John and Emma Butcher of Friston. Commemorated on 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 men were killed in total

COOPER

George

Private 40508, 9th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died 09/06/1917. Age 36. Husband of Annie Cooper of The Laurels, Knodishall, Resident of Friston. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

CRANE

William

Private 17424, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, Died 30/09/1915. Born at Friston. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

FELLOWES

Arthur Simpson

Believed to be Second Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died 01/04/1917, Age 22. Son of Mr J A and Mrs S A Fellows of 67 Heath Street, Stourbridge, Buried at Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy

GOOD

Bertie G

Private 205950, 5th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 19/09/1918. Age 24. Son of Edward and Sarah Good of Friston. Buried at Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy

GOOD

Edward E

Lance Corporal 13151, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 05/08/1916. Age 30. Born at Leiston. Buried at Abbeville Communal Cemetery

GOODING

William R

Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS Thames. Died 4th Quarter 1919. Age 28. Place of burial unknown. William Gooding’s death was recorded at Plomesgate. Assumption made that William Gooding died at home from wounds received during the Great War

HAILL

William Robert

Private 3324, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28/07/1916. Age 32. Son of William Robert and Annie Sarah Haill. husband of May Scarce (formerly Haill) of 4 Snape Terrace, Saxmundham. Born at Friston . Buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt L’Abbe

LEEDER

Arthur

Private, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 2nd Quarter 1919. Age 30. Place of burial unknown. Arthur Leeder’s death was recorded at Plomesgate

MILLS

Charles

Private 35005, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 15/09/1917. Son of Mrs H Bloomfield of Friston. Buried at Hargicourt British Cemetery

MOSS

Henry Thomas

Private 41414, 13th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 02/03/1917. Age 34. Husband of F E Moss of Friston Common. Buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension

NEWSON

Bertie

Corporal 14999, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 29/09/1916, Age 22. Son of Mr and Mrs H Newson of Friston. Buried at Varennes Military Cemetery

OWEN

Lewis

Corporal 1556, 13th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 30/03/1916. Age 30. Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Owen of Catworth Lodge, Spaldwick, Huntingdon. husband of Clara Owen of Sycamore Cottage, Friston. Commemorated on the Basra Memorial

SMITH

Charles Frederick

RVO. Private 12165, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 29/10/1914. Age 27. Son of Mr and Mrs T F Smith of The Chequers Inn, Friston. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

WATTS

Hedley R

Private, Army Service Corps. Died 2nd Quarter 1915. Age 20. Place of burial unknown. Hedley Watts’ death was recorded at Ipswich. Assumption made that Hedley Watts died at home from wounds received during the Great War, in this case the report of his death was not received by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

1939-1945

ALLEN

Harold John

Bombadier 818270, 2 Air-Landing Anti-Tank Battery, Royal Artillery. Died 06/05/1943. Age 29. Son of Mr and Mrs George Herbert Allen. husband of Eileen Ellen Allen of Leiston. Buried at Le Petit Lac Cemetery, Algeria

BLAKE

William Arthur

Private 5832478, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 05/11/1943. Age 23. Son of Frederick Thomas Blake and Norah Anna Blake of Friston. Buried at Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery

HADRILL

John Peter

Lieutenant 226280, 184 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 17/11/1943. Age 22. Son of Henry Clement and Hilda Florence Hadrill of Melton. Commemorated at Bournemouth Crematorium. Lieutenant Hadrill’s death is recorded at Poole, Dorset

HUNTER

Harold William

Private 5836841, 4th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died between 23/10/1943 and 24/10/1943. Age 24. Son of Herbert and Emma Hunter. husband of Margaret L Hunter of Middletton. Commemorated on the Athens Memorial

MOSS

George Henry

Master, Merchant Navy, ss St Usk. Died 20/09/1943, Age 45. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial. The 5,500 tons freighter ss St Usk was on passage in the South Atlantic at 19 30 S 29 28W; when she was struck by a torpedo and sank. George Moss is also commemorated on the Martlesham War Memorial

MILLS

Stanley Charles

Private 10551051, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died 20/03/1942. Age 21. Son of Honor Louisa Mills of Friston. Buried at Friston (St Mary) Churchyard. Private Mills’ death is recorded at Derby

SHIPP

Gerald Royston Jack Heygate

Stoker 1st Class C/KX 89238, Royal Navy, HMS Barham. Died 25/11/1941. Age 25. Son of Mr and Mrs Harry Shipp of Friston. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. On 24th November 1941, Queen Elizabeth, Barham and Valiant, with an escort of eight destroyers, sailed from Alexandria to cover operations against two enemy convoys reported to be making for Benghazi. On the following day, at l6.25 hours, Barham was torpedoed by the German submarine U-331, which, undetected, had penetrated the destroyer screen. The submarine fired four torpedoes, three of which detonated on Barham's port side, between the funnel and 'Y' turret. She quickly listed to port and, after a pause of a few seconds, at an angle of 40 degrees, turned onto her beam ends. Four minutes after the torpedoes had struck, the after 15inch magazines exploded and vented through the upperdeck and the starboard side. 879 Officers and Ratings were lost, although a further 395 were rescued

Last updated 26 July, 2009

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