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GAZELEY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Copyright © 2005 - Transcribed Dave Male; researched Martin Edwards

The War Memorial can be found inside the parish church All Saints in the village of Gazeley. The memroial takes the form of a wooden backboard upon which are mounted three tablets, the centre tablet carries the inscription, the outer two tablets have gold wreaths above the lists of names. There are 15 names listed for World War 1. The memroial was dedicated 22 February 1920 by Rev. G.A. Chase, MA, MC. Details appeared in the Bury and Norwich Post 27 February 1920.

Photograph copyright © David Male 2005

IN MEMORIAM
this Tablet was erected
by the Parishioners
of GAZELEY to
perpetuate the glorious
self-sacrifice of their
fellow-parishioners
who gave their lives
in response to their
Country's call during
THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919

CARLTON
Albert aka Bertie
Private 16296, 11th Battalion, Sufflk Regiment. Died of wounds 8th June 1916. Born Gazeley, enlisted Luton. Buried in HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE, Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 3.
CARLTON
Victor [George]
Private 14606, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 7th October 1918. Aged 21. Born Gazeley, enlisted Newmarket. Son of Rachel and Gabriel Carlton, of Gazeley, Newmarket. Buried in ORCHARD DUMP CEMETERY, ARLEUX-EN-GOHELLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VII. Row K. Grave 16.
COCKERTON
Ernest [Edward]
Private 1663, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooter Hussars). Died in United Kingdom 28th November 1915. Aged 45. Enlisted London, resident Bradfield St George. Son of Frederick William and Ann Cockerton. Buried near North-West corner of ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, GAZELEY, Suffolk.
HUSON
Sidney Walpole
Lance Corporal 430856, 123rd Battalion, Canadian Pioneers. Died 21st October 1917. Aged 33. Born 11th November 1883 in Newmarket. Son of William Walter Walpole Huson, of Gazeley, Suffolk; husband of Catherine Eliza Huson, of 54, Windsor Rd., West Finchley, London. Educated at East Anglian School, Bury St. Edmund's. Electrical Engineer by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted and passed fit 31st March 1915 at Victoria, British Columbia, aged 31 years 4 months, height 5 feet 7 inches, girth 42 inches, complexion fresh, eyes grey, hair brown; religion Church of England. Buried in DOCHY FARM NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row E. Grave 13. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4651 - 23
JOHNSON
Arthur [John]
Private 15708, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 27th August 1917. Aged 32. Born Kentford, enlisted Cambridge. Son of William and Ellen Johnson, of Church Hill, Gazeley, Newmarket. Buried in TINCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 18.
KEMP
Charles [Ammon]
Stoker 1st Class K/15865, H.M.S. Firely, Royal Navy. Died 1st December 1915. Aged 22. Son of Alfred and Ellen Kemp, of Gazeley, Newmarket, Suffolk. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 1 and 60.

Note: H.M.S. Firely was a Fly Class River Gunboat. Launched in 1915. Built in Abadan. Taken over by the Turks while participating in the Baghdad advance on 1st December 1915. Recaptured on 26th February 1917 but was sunk on 14th June 1924 while on the Euphrates river.

MOSS
Alfred
Private 41495, 13th Battalion (West Ham Pals), Essex Regiment. Killed in action on Sunday 22nd April 1917. Born and resident Gazeley, enlisted Newmarket. Formerly 23315, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

Alfred Moss was born in Gazeley (Newmarket Q3-1882 3B:489), baptised in Gazeley (All Saints) on 6th November 1882, son of Isaac and Maria Moss (née KILDY). in the 1891 census he was aged 8, residing at Mill Road, Gazeley, with his widowed mother Maria [33] laundress, born Colchester; his brothers Isaac [12], Alexander [10] and sister Rosaline [6]. All the children were born in Gazeley. Also there were lodgers Elizabeth SWAN [25] and her children Gertrude [4] and Theodore [2]. His father had died earlier that year and his mother married Edward BILLIMORE in Q4 that year. In the 1901 census he was aged 18, a farm labourer, still residing at Mill Road, Gazeley with his mother, step father Edward BILLIMORE [45] horse keeper, born Gazeley, and his brothers Isaac ( farm labourer) and Alexander (platelayer) and a boarder, Robert OUTLAN [35] labourer, born Gazeley. In the 1911 census he was aged 28, single, a maltster, he was boarding at 70 Henry Street, Burton on Trent with Gazeley born Edward COCKERTON and his wife Alice and their children. His mother was still at Mill Road, Gazeley with her husband Edward BILLIMORE and her children, Rosalie and Isaac.

His elder brother, Isaac (see below) died on the Somme in 1916

He enlisted in Newmarket.

The 13th Essex (West Ham) battalion were 'enjoying' a quiet spell in the front preparatory to the attack on Oppy Wood. the 22nd April was the middle of this spell when a total 14 were killed over 11 days. That all came to an end when they lost 126 on the 28th. From the History of the Second Division we learn that:-

A new front trench within 300 yards of the Oppy line had been dug by the Brigade on the 20th, but a gap had been left in the centre between the two battalion sectors. The right sub-sector of the line was held by the 2nd South Staffords, and the left by the 13th Essex Regiment, the 1st King's were in close support, and the 17th Middlesex in reserve.

The battalion raided was the 13th Essex. About 9 p.m.,preceded by a heavy barrage, the enemy sent over two strong raiding parties against both flanks of the new forward trench. The Essex sent up an " S.O.S." to the artillery, who promptly opened fire. The enemy had, however, succeeded in getting round the left flank of the new trench, and had captured some men of the Essex Regiment, marching them back to his own front lines. Another company was immediately sent forward and reoccupied the trench, finding in it a wounded German officer of the 76th Bavarian Regiment. A number of enemy " other ranks " were also wounded. The Essex Regiment lost in this affair 5 other ranks killed, 3 wounded, and 22 missing. The enemy's barrage was particularly heavy.

MOSS
Isaac
Private 23685, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action on Monday 13th November 1916. Aged 37. Born Gazeley, enlisted Newmarket. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

Isaac Moss was born in Gazeley (Newmarket Q2-1879 3B:561), baptised in Gazeley (All Saints) on 11th May 1879, son of Isaac and Maria Moss (née KILDY). In the 1881 census he was ged 2, residing at Mill Road, Gazeley, with his father Isaac MOSS [35] farm labourer; his mother Maria [25] and brother Alexander [4 months]. They were all born in Gazeley except his mother who in the following census was recorded as born in Colchester. In the 1891 census he was aged 12, residing at Mill Road, Gazeley, with his widowed mother Maria; his brothers Alexander [10] and Alfred [8] and sister Rosaline [6]. All the children were born in Gazeley. Also there were lodgers Elizabeth SWAN [25] and her children Gertrude [4] and Theodore [2]. His father had died earlier that year and his mother married Edward BILLIMORE in Q4 that year . In the 1901 census he was aged 22, a farm labourer, still residing at Mill Road, Gazeley with his mother, step father Edward BILLIMORE [45] horse keeper, born Gazeley, and his brothers Alfred (farm labourer) and Alexander (platelayer) and a boarder, Robert OUTLAN [35] labourer, born Gazeley. In the 1911 census he was aged 32, single, a farm labourer,residing with his mother at Mill Road, Gazeley with his stepfather Edward BILLIMORE and sister Rosalie.

His younger brother, Alfred, died in France in 1917 (see above). He enlisted in Newmarket.

The 2nd Suffolk moved into the area behind Serre in the middle of October. The weather prevented any large scale operations for some time, but eventually they were ordered into their assembly positions, across open the open such was the state of the trenches. At 05:00 on the 13th November they floundered forward into No Man's Land, a sea of mud, movement being almost impossible. The mist, added to the smoke from the barrage, made direction very difficult to maintain and within a short time all the officers in the leading companies had fallen, and little progress had been made. In spite of the conditions, some leading Suffolk companies did reach the German second line, but in vain as they were forced to return to their original front line, waiting there the rest of the day before marching back to Courcelles the next morning.

NEAL
Frederick John
Private 23314, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 18th October 1916. Aged 19. Born Chippenham, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Newmarket. Son of George and Emma Neal, of Gazeley. Buried near North West corner of ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, GAZELEY, Suffolk.
PENDRICK
Percy
Private 16054, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 27th September 1917. Aged 26. Born Kentford, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Harry and Alice S. Pendrick, of Moulton Rd., Gazeley. Buried in MAROC BRITISH CEMETERY, GRENAY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row M. Grave 6.
ROLFE
Thomas
Private 2130140, 1st Depot Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Died 12th August 1918. Born 27th August 1895 in Suffolk, England. Resident Regent, Manitoba, Canada. Unmarried. Religion Church of England. Farm labourer by trade. Brother of Mrs Annie Stebbings (nee Rofle( of Hyde Cottages, Risby, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Enlisted 22nd December 1917 at Brandon, Manitoba, aged 22 years 4 months, height 5 feet 11 inches, giurth 36 inches, complexion afir, eyes brown, hair dark brown; accepted for sevice 10th May 1918. No known grave. Commemorated on HALIFAX MEMORIAL, Nova Scotia, Canada. Panel 2. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8439 - 37
SORE
Ezekiel [Thomas]
[Listed as Ezekial and as a Lance Corporal on memorial] Drummer 4487, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died in Mesopotamia 30th June 1916. Aged 40. Born Hartest, Suffolk, enlisted Thetford, Norfolk. Son of Charles Ezekiel and Ann Sore, of Gazeley, Newmarket. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 10.
SUTTLE
Walter [Edward]
[Listed as a Lance Corporal on memorial] Private 3/8559, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 7th May 1915. Born Lackford, Suffolk, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Samuel and Ellen Suttle, of Breighton, Selby, Yorks. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot 1. Row G. Grave 3A.
VALIANT
Harry
Lance Corproal 12763, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 2nd March 1916. BornBury St Edmunds, enlisted Newmarket. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.
TALBOT
Ernest
[Listed as Canadian Light Horse on memorial] Private 151938, 43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Died 6th March 1918. Born 6th June 1895 at Gazeley. Son of Mr and Mrs John Talbot, 26 Long Brackland, Suffolk. Farm labourer by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted and passed fit 6th August 1915 at Brandon, Manitoba, aged 20 years 2 months, oath taken 17th September 1915, height 5 feet 3½ inches, girth 33½ inches, complexion dark, eyes brown, hair dark brown; religion Church of England. Buried in MAROEUIL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row G. Grave 13. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9490 - 66

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